Rape and torture charges adjourned

A MAN accused of raping and torturing his ex-girlfriend in her North Toowoomba home had charges against him adjourned in the city's Magistrates Court today.

The 25-year-old accused, who cannot be named unless committed to trial on the charges, has been held in custody since his arrest last month and was not required to be in court yesterday when his matters were mentioned.

He is accused of holding his ex-girlfriend at knife-point in her home, tying her to a lounge chair, beating her with a towel filled with oranges, kicking her in the face and repeatedly raping her.

He has not been required to enter any pleas to three counts of rape and one each of deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, torture and attempted robbery arising from the alleged incidents.

His solicitor Nathan Bouchier told the court yesterday he had only just received the police brief of evidence and asked for an adjournment so he could go through the file with his client and take instructions.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck therefore remanded the man in custody and adjourned all charges for mention back in the same court on November 8.


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