Man charged with rape

A ROCKHAMPTON man allegedly waited until his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend put their daughter to sleep before he raped her in the same bedroom.

During a committal hearing last week, Rockhampton Magistrates Court was told the teenage woman had tried to fight her ex-boyfriend off, but couldn’t stop him.

The man allegedly broke into his former partner’s house on November 17 last year because he wanted to see his six-month-old daughter.

He went inside and started playing with the girl in the lounge room.

The ex-girlfriend decided the daughter was tired and put her to bed.

The accused allegedly followed her into the bedroom and waited until his daughter was asleep before he asked his ex-girlfriend for a hug.

She refused so the man allegedly pushed her onto the bed, pulled down her pants and raped her.

The girl’s mother told the court her daughter tried to fight him off.

“She was trying to push him away, but she could not get him off her,” she said

“She kept crying and telling him to get off her.”

Eventually the man left and the teenager called her mother, who took her to the police station to report what had happened.

The man has been charged with one count each of rape and burglary and the committal hearing into the charges will reopen in the new year after adjourning last week.

The court was told that only days before the alleged incident, one of the man’s friends warned him to stay away from his ex-girlfriend because “she would get him into trouble”.

During the hearing, defence barrister Tom Polley put to the teenager that she had lied about being raped to try and stop her ex-boyfriend seeing their daughter.

The woman denied the accusation but admitted she had tried to stop the man seeing their child in the past.

The teenager claimed her ex-boyfriend had been abusive while they were dating and that was why they split.

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