THE woman who claims Bathurst detective and deputy mayor Brad Hosemans grabbed her by the breasts during a drunken seafood night at Bathurst Golf Club denied at a committal hearing in Bathurst Court yesterday that her claim was motivated by money.
Barrister for Hosemans, Robert Baker, asked the woman, who cannot be identified, if she planned any action against Hosemans or the club, or if she or her boyfriend had spoken to others about a payout.
The woman, who gave her evidence before Magistrate Graeme Henson, also denied exaggerating the events of a lively night of drinking to "blacken Mr Hosemans' name”.
In her testimony for Department of Public Prosecutions solicitor Kate Ratcliff, the woman accused Hosemans of holding her by the shirt and grabbing her breasts while a second man, Steven Woolfe, 23, also grabbed her breasts, indecently assaulting her, in the bar of the golf club late on Saturday October 20, last year.
The aggravated indecent assault is one of three charges the DPP is pursing against Hosemans.
Hosemans, 40, will also defend charges of wilful and obscene exposure and assault ocassioning actual bodily harm.
Woolfe, 23, a tradesman, will defend one charge, the aggravated indecent assault in company with Hosemans.
In a court closed for the woman's testimony, she said a great deal of alcohol, including beer and up to 11 shots of spirits per man, was consumed by Hosemans and about eight other men in the golf club restaurant and bar between 6.30pm and about midnight.
The woman said the first of several incidents which ended with the indecent assault was when Hosemans pulled her down onto his lap as he sat with the group in the restaurant.
She said she did not feel threatened by this.
She said Hosemans stood up and dropped her in Woolfe's lap where she overbalanced.
Later, when the woman described Hosemans as "well intoxicated”, he is alleged to have grabbed her by the shirt with one hand while he grabbed her breasts with the other.
The woman said Woolfe joined in at this point, grabbing her breast as she crossed her arms to protect herself.
Mr Baker put to the woman she was in fact " a touchy, feely woman” who liked to hold a person by the arm when talking, who sat on Hoseman's lap "of your own volition”.
The woman denied this.
Photographs of a bruise to the back of the woman's right knee, and on one buttock were tendered by Ms Ratcliff.
The hearing continues today.