Ac­cused kid­nap­per’s rape claim

Herald Sun - - NEWS - WAYNE FLOWER

A WOMAN ac­cused of kid­nap­ping an­other woman has al­leged she was raped by her vic­tim while sup­pos­edly hold­ing her cap­tive.

Yix­uan Lei, of Carl­ton, ap­peared in the Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day, where the court heard the bizarre ac­cu­sa­tions.

Her lawyer, Ge­orge Balot, said his client was sexually as­saulted by the woman dur­ing the hour-long period she was al­legedly hold­ing her cap­tive. “My client’s ver­sion is she was sexually as­saulted by the vic­tim. In fact, she was raped dur­ing the hour,” he said.

Mr Balot told the court sex­ual crimes de­tec­tives were treat­ing the al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged rape.

He sug­gested it was not the first time Ms Lei’s al­leged vic- tim had sexually as­saulted her.

Ms Lei, a Chi­nese na­tional and stu­dent, has been charged with kid­nap­ping, theft, as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a knife.

The al­leged kid­nap­ping hap­pened on June 19 at apart­ments on Ar­den St in North Mel­bourne. Ms Lei, who is free on bail, con­sented to po­lice ob­tain­ing her DNA.

She will re­turn to court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in Oc­to­ber.

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