Man says sorry after rape attempt

A MAN who allegedly tried to rape an 18-year-old woman in Rockhampton apologised to the woman before she ran off, a court heard yesterday.

The man accused of attempted rape was released on bail from the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with one count of attempted rape following an incident in Denison St on August 8.

The man, who was granted bail with conditions by Magistrate Tom Bradshaw, will face court again on November 28 for a committal mention.

He has yet to enter a plea.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham, in her objection to bail, said police believed the accused was at risk of committing further offences and was a danger to the safety of the public.

She said the man had an extensive criminal history.

However, defence solicitor Grant Ireland argued his client's history did not include offences of a like nature.

In her objection Ms Dunham told the court the victim's version of events.

She said about 11.30pm the victim was walking south along Denison St when her attacker grabbed her from behind in a headlock.

The court heard the attacker then dragged the woman off the street while he grasped her by the throat and threw her on the ground.

"The victim said she tried to scream but his grasp on her throat was too tight," Ms Dunham said.

She said the attacker pulled down the woman's jeans and ripped off her underpants.

Ms Dunham said during the struggle the victim saw the attacker's sock on the ground near her ripped underpants. She grabbed both and threw them towards a fence and then turned to see her attacker had his pants down.

Ms Dunham said just before the victim escaped, she claims the attacker said "I'm sorry for this".

Police have linked DNA from the scene to the accused.

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