WA AFL legend Barry Cable pleads not guilty to assaulting young girl in the 60s

Disgraced former AFL legend Barry Cable will fight allegations he sexually assaulted a young girl decades ago.

The 80-year-old pleaded not guilty at Perth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to five counts of unlawful or indecent treatment of a girl under the age of 13.

The former WAFL and VFL great also pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl of the same age.

Police allege Mr Cable sexually abused the girl between January 1, 1967 and April 27, 1968, when she was between 9 and 10 years old.

The allegations come almost a year after a judge in a civil case ruled that Mr. Cable was a pedophile and awarded the lead plaintiff more than $800,000 in damages.

Five women testified in the lengthy civil trial. None of them are the complainants in the new criminal proceedings.

Despite the ruling, lawyers for the lead claimant have since argued that he is unlikely to get the money as Mr Cable filed for bankruptcy before the trial.

The former AFL Hall of Famer won WAFL premierships in 1967 and 1968 and would have been 24 at the time of the alleged offences.

Following the civil findings against him, Mr Cable was stripped of his place in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the AFL Hall of Fame and the WAFL Hall of Fame.

North Melbourne also removed him from its Hall of Fame, as did the WA Institute of Sport Hall of Champions.

Mr Cable will appear again at Perth Magistrates Court on August 8 to mention an offence.

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