Husband details Coast rape claims

THE husband of a woman who was allegedly threatened with a knife and raped at a Coast property has detailed the moment his wife told him of the attack.

His testimony came as Wamuran man Toby Michael Silvia, 27, sat in the dock of Maroochydore District Court on Wednesday accused of rape, entering a dwelling with intent whilst armed and deprivation of liberty at a Beerwah property last year.

Mr Silvia has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The husband, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim, said his wife told him three days after the alleged August 5 incident.

When asked by Crown Prosecutor Sarah Dennis about his wife's mood in the lead up to being told he said she kept very quiet.

He said he had been on a trip to Brisbane on the day of the alleged incident.

"He came into the room and put the knife on her neck and grabbed her..." the husband said.

He said his wife told him she was then forced outside and told to be silent otherwise she would be cut.

"She asked me what she should do," the husband said.

"Then I tell (sic) her that it is up to her to make that decision because I am scared too."

Defence lawyer Tracy Thorp then questioned the husband about he and his family's previous interactions with Mr Silvia.

The husband said his wife had been friendly with Mr Silvia.

But when asked if he had ever observed anything to make him think they were more than friends he said no.

Other witnesses included the alleged victim's brother, one of her close friends, two strawberry farmers for whom Mr Silvia had worked and a tow truck driver.

A Queensland Health forensic nurse detailed an examination she undertook at Nambour Hospital on the alleged victim five days after the incident.

She said the woman had no signs of physical injury except for one marking on her anal area.

"It looked like a tear that ran for about 2 to 3mm in size," the nurse said.

She said it could have got there a number of ways, including consensual or non-consensual sex.

The trial before Judge John Robertson is set to enter its third day on Thursday.



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