Emerald rape trial continues

DNA evidence taken from items found in Morton Park has been matched to at least two of the males accused of raping a woman in Emerald in October, 2008.

Further forensic analysis returned inconclusive results as to whether a third male was at the scene.

Emerald’s District Court heard yesterday DNA samples were taken from clothing and items at the scene, as well as swabs from the persons involved and forensic analysis matched three of the persons, including the woman.

The court heard testimony from the woman in closed court on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, before opening with the second witness for the prosecution.

The witness told the court he had driven the emotionally distressed woman back to a Lorraway Street address after spotting her near Morton Park, and told her to call the police.

He described her state earlier that night as “not drunk, but not sober either”, but could not accurately recall the clothing she was wearing.

Under cross-examination from defense counsel Mr Ross Lo Monaco, photographs of her clothing worn that night were tendered, which did not match the witness’ description.

The jury also heard from the first responding police officers on the night, Sergeant Jenny Jenkins and Senior Constable Daniel Laas, who described the scene at Lorraway Street and told the court of their preliminary actions.

Sgt Jenkins had received a phone call just after 1am on October 2, 2008, and together with Snr Const Laas, attended the house where she conducted preliminary questions of the woman before taking her to Emerald Hospital for examination.

It was revealed Snr Const Laas recorded the event, but did not question the woman directly.

Sgt Jenkins said the woman told her where the events took place and, after contacting the Criminal Investigative Branch, performed a walk of the area with Snr Const Laas and Detective Sergeant Colin Harvey. No evidence was found at the location told to Sgt Jenkins, however, some items were found nearby.

Court opened yesterday after a tour of key locations outlined in the trial, and resumed testimony from Sgt Jenkins. The trial continues.

‘... some items were found at a different location’

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