Six complainants will give evidence in the Supreme Court at Burnie against a man charged with 11 sex crimes against children over a six year period, a jury has heard.
The six complainants, five of which are still under the age of 18, will appear in the court via video link in the coming weeks to give evidence against a man they allege sexually assaulted all of them separately between 2012 and 2018.
He is charged with two counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault and three counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 17.
The six children are from three North-West families the man, 52, had befriended while living in the same neighbourhood in 2012, the court heard.
In opening statements, Crown prosecutor Jody Dennison said it was the state's case the man gained access to the children by developing friendships with the families because he was sexually attracted to the children.
Mr Dennison told jurors that in this case there would effectively be six trials running simultaneously.
The man has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and defence lawyer Donal Craig told the jury there were problems with each of the complainant's versions of events.
"This case presents one of the most subtle webs of intrigue I have seen in 35 years of practice," Mr Craig said.
"I would ask you to suspend your prejudice, and indeed society's prejudice, at the way a man looks.
"He is a simple, but gentle, giant."
The man and the six complainants can not be identified for legal reasons.
The trial before Justice Robert Pearce is expected to last for at least two weeks.
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