High-profile Australian accused of rape fails to appear before Toowoomba Magistrates’ Court in Queensland
The high-profile Australian charged with rape is not showing up in court as the judge wants to know ‘why he’s not here’.
- The high-profile Australian accused of double rape failed to arrive in court
- The man’s defense attorney appeared on his behalf at Toowoomba Magistrates’ Court
- The judge asked why his client did not appear in person on Wednesday
- “He got a notification, why isn’t he here?” Magistrate asked attorney
A high-profile man charged with two counts of rape stemming from an alleged incident in Toowoomba had failed to show up when he appeared in court.
Instead, defense attorney Rowan King appeared on behalf of the man when the charges were first mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
The man cannot be identified at this time under Queensland laws, which prohibit the identification of individuals charged with alleged sexual assault or rape offences.
On Wednesday, Mr King handed over bail conditions and medical documents and asked for an adjournment.
Judge Kay Ryan wanted to know why his client didn’t show up in person.
“He got a notification, why isn’t he here?” She asked. The court was told the man is interstate.
Instead, defense attorney Rowan King appeared on behalf of the man when the charges were first mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court (pictured) on Wednesday
His bail conditions – which included a no-contact order and surrender of his passport – were not denied by police.
Ms Ryan ordered a brief hearing of evidence to be provided by February 15.
The man will return to the appeals court on February 22. Mr King did not comment on the waiting media outside the court.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said investigators at the Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch had charged the man with allegedly raping a young woman in October 2021.
The man cannot be named at this time under Queensland laws, which prohibit the identification of people charged with alleged sexual assault or rape offenses (stock image).
Last year, the second Hear Her Voice report was presented, highlighting the experiences of women and girls across the criminal justice system.
The report contains 188 recommendations, including awareness campaigns aimed, among other things, at dispelling rape myths.
One of the key recommendations was the ability to nominate individuals charged with sex offenses in Queensland to align them with other states and jurisdictions.
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