A Canberra man who allegedly strangled a woman until she passed out, put her in the boot of his car, raped her and left her by the side of the road has been released on bail.
Most important points:
- The man has pleaded not guilty to all charges
- He was remanded in custody in May where he has not applied for bail but has been released on bail today
- The magistrate noted that the man had a “turbulent relationship” with the victim
The man was arrested by police in May after the woman went to the Canberra City Police Station, documents submitted to the court showed.
He was charged with rape, assault inflicting actual bodily harm, wrongfully imprisoning a person, suffocating a person, and rendering a person insensible or unconscious.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The documents revealed that the woman had visited the home of the man, whom she had known for 17 years, before he allegedly became aggressive and choked her.
The documents revealed that the woman asked the man to stop and screamed, prompting the suspect to scream;
According to the documents, the woman feared that the defendant would kill her if he continued to attack her.
The man then allegedly placed a pillow over the woman’s head and struck the pillow repeatedly, causing her head to hit the floor several times before falling unconscious, the documents said.
The documents further show that the woman said she tried to run away after regaining consciousness, but the man reportedly grabbed her by the throat and held her back.
The man then allegedly put the woman in the boot of his car, where he raped her, before slamming the boot shut and driving her to the Glenloch Interchange.
The woman told police she was found on the side of the road by a man who helped her and took her to the police station.
Man gets bail because of low risk of recidivism
Today, Magistrate James Lawton released the man on bail, noting that he had a limited criminal history.
“There is no evidence to me that he has failed to follow the court’s orders in the past,” he said.
Magistrate Lawton told the court that the defendant had a “turbulent relationship” with the woman, but granted him bail on strict terms, including that he was not allowed to contact or come near the woman, that he was required to present himself. with the corrective services and that he was not allowed to consume any refreshments. alcohol or illegal drugs.
“It goes without saying that if you violate any of these conditions, you endanger your freedom,” Magistrate Lawton warned.
The man is expected to appear in court again in August.
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