Man faces date rape al­le­ga­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

A COURT has been told a man raped a woman with his hand af­ter they met through a dat­ing web­site.

Aaron David Clarke is ac­cused of rap­ing a woman at his Kir­wan home on Oc­to­ber 25, 2014, af­ter meet­ing her on the dat­ing web­site Plenty Of Fish.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Skye Jerome told a Supreme Court trial yesterday that Clarke raped the woman with his hand af­ter the pair had con­sen­sual sex.

“Ca­sual sex does not mean the fe­male can’t with­draw her con­sent,” she said. “She asks him to stop be­cause it’s hurt­ing and he doesn’t.”

Ms Jerome told the court that, dur­ing the at­tack, the woman yelled out in pain and asked Clarke to stop be­fore shov­ing his shoul­der, which put an end to the in­ci­dent.

The court was told the woman quickly left be­fore call­ing her friend in tears and driv­ing her­self to hos­pi­tal.

The woman suf­fered in­juries to her gen­i­talia and was given re­lief for pain to her vagina and lower ab­domen.

Af­ter the woman no­ti­fied po­lice, Clarke’s home was de­clared a crime scene and po­lice found him in his boxer shorts.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Greg Lyn­ham said events ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim were dis­puted and all sex­ual acts that night were con­sen­sual.

Ms Jerome told the jury the woman was a re­li­able wit­ness and urged them to ac­cept her ver­sion of events.

“She ex­pected to go to that man’s house to have ca­sual, con­sen­sual sex but that’s not how it played out,” she said.

“How do you ex­plain the sig­nif­i­cant in­juries sus­tained to the vagina?

“She had en­dured a lengthy pe­riod of pain af­ter­wards.

“She went there for ca­sual, con­sen­sual sex but she was raped.”

The jury is ex­pected to hand down a ver­dict this morn­ing.

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