Court told alleged rapist broke woman's toes

A GRANDMOTHER has described how a distraught woman told her that the man who had allegedly raped her in a Redbank Plains park had broken her toes so she could not run away.

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the woman's identity, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court this week to rape, attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault.

The court has heard the two met six weeks earlier at a homeless shelter in the Brisbane and became friends before the man attacked her on December 16, 2013, at Goupong Park near Ipswich.

Suellen Courts said on Wednesday she had ventured down to the park with her two grandchildren on the morning of December 16 when she saw the man and woman in a gazebo.

She said she noticed there were clothes hanging over the railing that enclosed the gazebo.

"I saw the man pulling the woman's hair and head around ... he was forcing her to do something," Ms Courts said.

"She was not screaming or anything but I could see that he had his pants down.

"I was waiting for her to scream for help but she did not."

Ms Courts said this went on for about 10 minutes before the woman broke free and approached another lady who was sitting nearby.

She said after a few minutes both the woman and the lady came over to where she had been sitting with her grandchildren.

"The woman from the gazebo was scared, shaking and crying," she said.

"She said the man had raped her and had got her to do things she did not want to do.

"She said the man had broken two of her toes during the night so she could not run away."

Defence barrister Geoffrey Seaholme asked Ms Courts whether she thought the woman was drug or alcohol affected to which she replied "No".

The trial before Judge Helen Bowskill continues.


Topics:  court crime rape

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