Rape accused says not guilty despite crown's DNA 'evidence'

A MAN who is accused of raping a woman in bushland after befriending her on an Ipswich train has pleaded not guilty despite DNA evidence the Crown suggested was "overwhelming".

Thomas Larry, 36, faced Brisbane District Court today over the alleged rape on January 19 near Wacol.

Crown Prosecutor Salvatore Vasta told the court he intended to call six witnesses including the woman who was allegedly raped.

He said the woman, who cannot be identified, was travelling to Booval to visit family when she alleged she was raped.

"She struck up a conversation with the accused on the train," Mr Vasta said.

"By her own admissions she had a few drinks that day, but was certainly not overly intoxicated.

"At some stage during the conversation she asked the accused if he knew where she could get some alcohol," he said.

Mr Vasta told the jury the two got off the train together at Wacol where they proceeded to walk to the local bottle shop a few streets away.

"It was then that she was approached from behind, hit over the head, dragged into bushland and raped," he said.

"In her interview with police later, she identified the accused as being her attacker.

"Every woman has the fundamental right to say no.

"The accused did not afford her that right and when he was done he threw her clothes at her and said he was sorry."

Jurors watched about 55 minutes of CCTV footage from Queensland Rail which showed the two getting on at different stations, the conversation they struck up, the two alighting together and the moment the distressed woman walked back to the station after the alleged rape.

It also showed the accused man giving the woman a "piggy-back" down the stairs at Wacol station.

The trial before Judge David Reid continues.



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