The man accused of exposing himself outside Wangaratta Courthouse claims his pants were just loose.
Paul Kerr is a key witness in the murder case of Jacob Allan, who has been accused of killing Wangaratta man Russell Berry by allegedly stomping on his head.
But on the day he was due to give evidence in court against Allan in April this year, Kerr allegedly exposed himself in front of two women while waiting out the front for his turn to stand in the witness box.
He was charged with offensive conduct.
Solicitor Nancy Battiato told Wangaratta Magistrates Court this week that Kerr denied allegations made by the victims.
“There are a number of statements here that say he did expose himself,” she said.
“Mr Kerr says the trousers he was wearing were somewhat lose and he tried to keep them up.
“He says he didn’t expose himself.”
Police have video recording evidence of Kerr’s behaviour on the day.
Ms Battiato says a still of that video showed her client’s pants were still at waist level.
The case has been adjourned multiple times since charges were laid in April, but was again adjourned for a contest mention in November when police and Ms Battiato can go through the issues.
Kerr attended court in person, dressed in a blue shirt, and appeared calm as he thanked the magistrate and said he understood the process.
He will remain on bail, with a curfew condition requiring him to not leave his house at night.
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