News

Rape trial jury to consider verdict

THE jury in the Bundaberg District Court case of a man accused of raping a teenaged boy is expected to be sent to consider their verdict on Monday.

Shannon Robert Barrett has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and one of assault causing bodily harm.

Both the prosecution and the defence made their closing statements yesterday, and Judge Leanne Clare began summing up the case for the jury.

She told the jury the main issue was whether consent had been given for the sexual acts between Barrett and the teenager.

At the start of the trial prosecutor Sam Bain told the jury Barrett, a former boxer, had achieved the rapes through assaults and threatening and controlling behaviour.

He alleged there had been a level of compliance by the complainant because of those assaults and threats.

But defence lawyer Peter Callaghan said the pair had been in a consensual and loving homosexual relationship.

Topics:  boxing, bundaberg district court, rape




QRL responds to Bundaberg's junior rugby league brawl

Bundaberg police on the scene at Salter Oval after a up to 100 people where invovled in a brawl at a junior game.

The Queensland Rugby League talk about the junior brawl

Wet start to Spring for Bundaberg

SHOWER ON THE WAY: There will be wind and rain about at the end of this week.

Hold on to your brollies, wet weather

Cyclists, walkers face long magpie dive-bombing season

WATCH OUT: Magpie swooping season is here again. Photo: Scottie Simmonds/NewsMail

119 swoops already recorded this year in Queensland

Latest deals and offers

Britney Spears calls Carpool Karaoke appearance "awkward"

Britney Spears admits her Carpool Karaoke segment was "awkward"

Mariah Carey's sister Alison arrested for prostitution

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

VIDEO: What did Thor do during Captain America: Civil War?

Short explains why Thor wasn't in Civil War film.

Hilarious mockumentary features star of the film Chris Hemsworth

Meet Toowoomba's top exotic dancer

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Exotic dancers (from left) Alice Morgan, Celeste and Frenchie are heading to the United States after competing in Miss Vault 2017.

Dancers vie for top spot at Toowoomba's only strip club

That's a wrap: Gympie Muster celebrates 35 years in style

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at the Muster Club on Sunday August 28 at the Gympie Muster.

Country music festival blessed with great weather and bumper crowds

Julia and Sasha top The Block's leaderboard

Julia and Sasha in their winning master en-suite in a scene from The Block.

FIRST room reveals of the season deliver mixed results.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa