Court no-show over sex charges

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

AN ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued for a 64-year-old man fac­ing his­tor­i­cal rape and sex al­le­ga­tions, who failed to show up in court yesterday.

John Donoghue is charged with one count of rape and one count of main­tain­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a young per­son.

The al­le­ga­tions date back to be­tween De­cem­ber 1993 and De­cem­ber 2002 at Bridge­wa­ter.

Mr Donoghue was due to face the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court yesterday to en­ter a plea, but failed to show up.

His lawyer pro­vided the court with a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate, say­ing he had “on­go­ing dif­fi­cul­ties”.

Pros­e­cu­tors are also seek­ing to have Mr Donoghue ex­tra­dited from Queens­land.

They pro­vided a statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion from Queens­land Po­lice when Mr Donoghue was first con­tacted upon his sum­mons in May.

Mag­is­trate Michael Daly is­sued a war­rant for Mr Donoghue’s ar­rest.

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