Alleged rapist says he apologised because sedated

A MAN on trial for rape testified he only apologised to his alleged victim because he was heavily sedated.

The man, who cannot be named - to protect the woman's identity - told the Brisbane District Court that the oral sex she performed on him at a Redbank Plains park near Ipswich in December 2013 was consensual.

He is fighting rape, attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault charges.

Crown prosecutor Carly Whelan said the woman tried to say "No" to the man as he forced her to perform oral sex on him, arguing there were children in the park.

Ms Whelan said he called her a "filthy bitch" and a "mole" and as she tried to pull her head away she hit it on concrete.

The man denied that occurred during his testimony on the trial's fourth day on Thursday.

He argued the woman said yes when he asked her to perform oral sex on him.

He said although they were not in a sexual relationship they had kissed and had showers together in the past.

When she later called him and accused him of raping and injuring her, he broke down in tears and apologised.

He testified he only apologised because he was heavily sedated and she said she had x-rays showing she had broken ribs.

He said he had taken the depression drug Sarafem before the call.

He also texted her apologising and asking her not to press any more charges against him.

Ms Whelan questioned whether his memory of what happened in the park was clear because he admitted he was high on methamphetamine at the time.

The man's defence barrister, Geoff Seaholme, told the jury the woman had insulted their intelligence because she was lying to them about what happened.

He said she had used "the easy answer" to avoid further questioning, saying she could not recall or remember certain things.

"If I had a dollar for every time she said 'I can't recall', I would get a good pay out of this week," Mr Seaholme said.

The trial continues.

- APN NEWSDESK



BUNDY DEATH: Call for dashcam footage as victim named

Premium Content BUNDY DEATH: Call for dashcam footage as victim named

No arrest has been made but police reassure residents there “isn’t someone running...

Bundaberg preacher faces court over quarantine escape

Premium Content Bundaberg preacher faces court over quarantine escape

A preacher fled hotel quarantine through a fire escape

ROLLING COVERAGE: Bundy and Burnett go to the polls

Premium Content ROLLING COVERAGE: Bundy and Burnett go to the polls

With the region’s polling booths now closed, the countdown is on to see who will...