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Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running  TV show Prisoner.
Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running TV show Prisoner.

A judge will rule on Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick’s appeal against her conviction for indecently assaulting a young fan in 1984.

The NSW actor, 74, told the Victorian County Court on Monday she did not touch the 14-year-old girl who she invited to her then Melbourne home for dinner to give a disturbed person “a little home life”.

She said she had the girl over for dinner as “a kindness”, but that she put the girl in a taxi and sent her back to the psychiatric hospital where she was a patient after finding her stealing alcohol.

A Melbourne Magistrates Court heard previously that Kirkpatrick had taken the girl upstairs to a bedroom and indecently assaulted her.

In August, she was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of committing a gross act on a person under 16.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle will rule on the matter on Tuesday.


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