Christmas party rape trial

AFTER hearing evidence on a Rockhampton businessman ac- cused of raping a young employ- ee at a Christmas party, the jury was still listening to bar- risters sum-up at 5pm yes- terday.

The jury heard how the wom- an drank heavily at the party in December 2003 at Rydges Resort.

She had organised to share a room with two female col- leagues, with extra beds in case someone needed a place to crash.

The two women sharing the unit went to bed about 2am and were woken by the woman and a friend changing into swimmers.

While in a spa the two col- leagues were joined by their boss, who took his shoes off and went in fully clothed.

After sitting in the spa the al- leged victim got out and was sick in bushes and was attended by her friend and the defendant.

The complainant and the de- fendant went back to the shared unit, where her employer had organised to stay.

She later allegedly woke to find a man on top of her having sex. She froze for some minutes and the man, allegedly her boss, withdrew and later drove her to her former boyfriend's house.

The trial continues today.



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