A man has pleaded not guilty to violently raping his former partner.
A man has pleaded not guilty to violently raping his former partner.

Jury returns verdict in 'rape fantasy' trial

UPDATE: A MAN accused of violently raping the mother of his children has been remanded in custody after a jury found him guilty.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty in Mackay District Court to a number of charges including rape, sexual assault, choking and breaching a domestic violence order.

He claimed the the couple had consensual sex in their Whitsunday home and it had been part of a "rape fantasy".

But the jury, who began deliberating about 3.30pm yesterday, rejected his argument and returned guilty verdicts about 8pm last night.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

EARLIER: A WOMAN has alleged she was violently and repeatedly raped by her former partner while their two children slept at the other end of the Whitsunday house.

The man has hit back at these allegations saying the couple had consensual sex depicting a "rape fantasy" and the woman was making false claims to have him removed from the family home.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan, in his closing argument to the jury, said it was a "classic he said/she said case" and warned the jury they needed to be persuaded beyond reasonable doubt to convict his client.

 

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The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty in Mackay District Court to numerous charges including rape, sexual assault, choking and breaching a domestic violence order.

It is expected the jury will begin deliberations this afternoon.

Mr McLennan said the police investigation into the alleged incident "was appalling" and that officers failed to take crucial evidence based solely on the woman's word.

Mr McLennan also argued the woman's behaviour post incident was inconsistent with someone who had been violently raped.

 

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Crown prosecutor Ben Jackson told the jury that people reacted differently to situations.

"You might think … she put up with years of abuse," Mr Jackson said.

The court heard the man had admitted to assaulting the woman and making threats, however he said this had occurred years before while the woman claimed it was also recent behaviour.

"It's inevitable there will be some inconsistencies," Mr Jackson said.

Mr McLennon argued the woman had told lies to doctors, to police and during her evidence in court.

Mr Jackson said it was up to the jury what they made of any inconsistencies.


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