Sen­tence de­layed for rape charge

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SEN­TENCE is ex­pected to be passed on a man ac­cused of at­tempted rape in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on March 23.

Har­ley Des­mond Has­son is cur­rently be­hind bars at Rock­hamp­ton’s Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre. He ap­peared in court on Mon­day via a video link.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ques­tioned why the charge would not be com­mit­ted to a higher court.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said she had looked at some com­par­a­tive cases and would be pro­ceed­ing sum­mar­ily.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said she ex­pected the mat­ter to “take a cer­tain course” and asked for an ad­journ­ment for the pro­vi­sion of mit­i­gat­ing ma­te­rial ahead of sen­tenc­ing.

Has­son will ap­pear on March 23, again via a video link.

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