Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAN charged over a vi­o­lent and pro­longed rape of a woman in Moss­man al­legedly made her drive him home af­ter the at­tack.

The 20-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, has been charged with six counts of rape, one count each of at­tempted rape and de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty and two counts of en­ter premises with in­tent.

It is al­leged the man, who is a Moss­man lo­cal, broke into the vic­tim’s house around 5.30am on Sun­day morn­ing while she was sleep­ing and raped her a num­ber of times.

The pair were not known to each other.

The Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Gazette un­der­stands he then al­legedly or­dered her to take him home.

The case has shocked lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who said the woman had been left deeply trau­ma­tised over the in­ci­dent.

She re­quired treat­ment in Moss­man Hospi­tal and was later be­ing dis­charged.

De­tec­tives launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and took the man into cus­tody some time later. He was charged on Sun­day af­ter­noon and re­manded in cus­tody.

His case was men­tioned for the first time in the Cairns Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day where he ap­peared in the pris­oner dock but did not speak.

Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Le­gal Ser­vices so­lic­i­tor Wes See­wald said he would not be mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail on his client’s be­half and asked for the case to be ad­journed. He asked for the case to be sent to a com­mit­tal callover “be­cause of the na­ture of the charges” as the case will likely need to be heard in a higher court.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Sgt Troy Sut­ton pre­sented an ap­pli­ca­tion for dis­ease test­ing which was granted by Mag­is­trate Robert Spencer.

The case was ad­journed un­til Oc­to­ber 26.

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