Alleged rapist offered woman lift then raped - court told

SHE thought she was getting a lift home.

But in the dead of night in isolated bushland, a 26-year-old Rockhampton woman was allegedly threatened with a knife and raped.

The details of her claims were placed before a jury yesterday in the Rockhampton District Court, as the trial of Kiah Glenn Everill got under way.

Everill, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said the trial wasn't a simple one.

"You will be faced with two opposing views," he told the jury.

"It will come down to what version you believe to be true."

Mr Jones told the court the victim was at a local pub with friends on the night of the alleged offence, which occurred in November 2011.

He said she was introduced to Everill, who later offered to give her a lift home.

"You will hear there was no sexual interest shown to him on her behalf," Mr Jones said.

It is alleged Everill drove the woman to a secluded section of Rockonia Rd in Kawana.

Mr Jones said the victim tried to run away, but "didn't get far".

The court heard Everill then allegedly threatened the woman with a knife, before forcing her to the ground and raping her.

"He then went back to his car and drove away, leaving her in a dishevelled mess," Mr Jones told the jury.

The court heard she then went to a nearby property where she phoned triple 000.

Mr Jones said evidence would reveal the defendant's DNA was found in specimens collected from the victim the following day.

Photographs of the alleged crime scene were also tendered as evidence.

However, the defence claims the intercourse was consensual and the victim actually asked Everill to pull over.

The trial  is expected to conclude today.



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