Man accused of raping woman in park pleads not guilty

A MAN who befriended a woman he met six weeks prior at a homeless shelter in Brisbane has pleaded not guilty to brutally raping her at a Redbank Plains park.

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the woman's identity, faced trial on Monday in Brisbane District Court charged with rape, attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault.

Crown prosecutor Carly Whelan told the court there would be up to 14 witnesses called to give evidence, including those who saw or heard the attack in the park and a DNA expert.

She said the case was not about whether the acts took place, but whether the woman consented to what occurred to her on December 16, 2013, in the park near Ipswich.

"The victim will tell you the two went to the park to sleep one evening after they ran out of money," Ms Whelan said.

"She will tell you she fell asleep only to be woken up by the defendant.

"The defendant told her there was a bunch of blokes across the road waiting to have sex with her and then he started verbally abusing her."

Ms Whelan said it was at that point the man started to become violent towards her.

She said the man pinned her down and raped her and later forced her to perform oral sex on him.

"A scientist will give evidence that a piece of the woman's singlet was DNA tested and the results matched the profile of the defendant," she said.

"They will tell you the DNA profile was more than 100 billion times more likely to come from the defendant than anyone else."

Ms Whelan said the court would hear a phone conversation that police were recording between the two on December 18.

She said also said the court would be shown a text message the man sent the woman on December 19 urging her not to have any more charges brought against him.

The trial before Judge Helen Bowskill continues.


Topics:  court crime ipswich rape

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