Big delay in top actor’s rape trial
WOLF Creek star John Jarratt will have to wait until July next year to try to clear his name over a historical rape allegation, because of a delay by prosecutors.
The 66-year-old actor is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a house in Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, in September 1976.
He has strenuously denied the claim and was due to enter a plea yesterday at Downing Centre District Court, but the judge was told prosecutors wouldn’t be ready to serve the indictment until 2019.
The actor – best known for his lead role as Mick Taylor in the film Wolf Creek and its TV spinoff – will now be arraigned on February 1. A five-day trial has been set from July 1.
Jarratt had pleaded not guilty, in Downing Centre Local Court, last week.
The District Court was told yesterday that the charge certification sheet hadn’t been prepared, with the prosecutor speculating it could be because of many staff taking leave.
“I’m very disappointed the Crown is not ready,” Judge Helen Symes said.