Sheran Fernando leaves Toowoomba Court.
Sheran Fernando leaves Toowoomba Court. 7 Local News

Defendant: I've never shown her my genitals

THE District Court jury in the trial of a Toowoomba real estate identity charged with sexual assault and attempted rape of a woman will return to court today to continue deliberations on a verdict.

Sheran Fernando, 37, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one of attempted rape arising from alleged incidents in August and September 2014.

The complainant woman claims Fernando had touched her on the bottom and the breasts at different times in Toowoomba when the pair were in an office and at a nightclub in Brisbane where she, her best friend and Fernando had attended a real estate awards night.

The Crown claims the incidents culminated in Fernando taking the young mother to a vacant unit in a complex to which he had access through his real estate business one afternoon in September, 2014.

The complainant woman claims Fernando showed her the vacant unit and locked the door behind them after they entered a back room.

She claims he then forced himself on her, taking off his clothes and attempting to take off her stockings and pants.

She alleges he then rubbed himself against her before she was able to break free and get out of the room.

Fernando, who gave evidence from the witness box during the trial, has denied all of the allegations, claiming he had no sexual attraction for the woman and that he had never touched her sexually.

Under cross examination by Crown prosecutor David Jones, Fernando said he had not shown the woman his genitals nor had he ever described them to her.

Mr Jones told the court in her evidence the complainant woman had accurately described certain particulars about Fernando's genital region including the fact that he shaved his pubic area.

After Judge Deborah Richards summed up the case, the jury of seven men and five women retired to commence deliberations just before 5pm and returned to the court about 6.30pm for a clarification of some evidence.

They ordered in dinner just after 7pm while continuing deliberations but when no verdict was reached late last night, Judge Richards sent the jury members home and asked that they return to the court this morning for further deliberations.


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