De­lay in Jar­ratt sex case

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Wolf Creek star John Jar­ratt will have to wait un­til July to fight an his­tor­i­cal rape al­le­ga­tion fol­low­ing 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 de­nied the claim and was due to en­ter a plea at Down­ing Cen­tre Dis­trict Court yesterday.

But the judge was told pros­e­cu­tors would not be ready to serve the in­dict­ment un­til next year.

The ac­tor — best known for his lead role as Mick Taylor in the film se­ries Wolf Creek and its TV spinoff — will now be ar­raigned on Fe­bru­ary 1.

A five-day trial has been set from July 1.

Mr Jar­ratt pleaded not guilty in Down­ing Cen­tre Lo­cal Court last week.

AAP

John Jar­ratt

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