Jar­ratt com­mit­ted to trial over his­toric rape al­le­ga­tion

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - SAM BUCK­ING­HAM-JONES

Wolf Creek ac­tor John Jar­ratt will face a trial in the NSW Dis­trict Court in July over an al­le­ga­tion he raped a woman in the mid-1970s.

Po­lice al­leged Jar­ratt raped an 18-year-old girl in Septem­ber 1976 at a home in Rand­wick. He was 24 at the time.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege the rape took place be­tween 3am on Septem­ber 1, 1976, and 4am on Septem­ber 30, 1976.

Judge He­len Syme yes­ter­day com­mit­ted Jar­ratt, 66, to trial over five days from July 1.

“We’re ready to take a trial date,” Jar­ratt’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench, said in Syd­ney’s Downing Cen­tre courts yes­ter­day.

Prose­cu­tor Am­ber Boat­man said while an in­dict­ment was still go­ing through “charge cer­ti­fi­ca­tion”, a July date was suit­able.

“I’m very dis­ap­pointed the crown has not got the in­dict­ment yet,” Judge Syme said.

Ms Boat­man said she un­der­stood it would be filed early next year. “There’s a lot of leave be­tween De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. I don’t have any fur­ther in­struc­tions,” she said.

Judge Syme said: “I hope none of those crowns want to be judges some day be­cause we’re not tak­ing leave.”

Jar­ratt, charged in Au­gust last year af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions, will be ar­raigned on Fe­bru­ary 1. There will be a “readi­ness hear­ing” on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Jar­ratt has pre­vi­ously of­fered to take a lie-de­tec­tor test in an­swer to the rape al­le­ga­tions.

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