Court told knife pulled in failed rape attempt

Warwick Court House
Warwick Court House

A STANTHORPE man who allegedly lured a woman to his favourite fishing spot before attempting to rape her at knife point has been granted bail.

The 43-year-old Stanthorpe man appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, charged with attempted rape and deprivation of liberty.

Police will allege the man convinced the 28-year-old woman to follow him to Storm King Dam, under the guise of showing her his favourite fishing spot.

It is further alleged that shortly after arriving at the dam, the man followed the woman into a toilet cubicle and pulled a large knife on her.

She told police the man said he wanted to have sex with her and at one point put his hands around her neck and forced her to the ground.

It is alleged that after a short struggle, the woman was able to break free and escape and suffered superficial cuts to her neck and foot.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa yesterday asked Magistrate Graham Lee to refuse the man bail and keep him behind bars until his next court appearance.

"The (alleged) victim is very traumatised by the alleged events and there are a number of witnesses who are quite concerned about this as well," Mr de Lissa said.

This request was denied by Magistrate Mr Lee, who said it was a "difficult decision" in deciding to release him.

Mr Lee said he had to take into account the fact it could take quite some time before the matter was finalised.

The man's wife - who was supported in court by friends - was visibly distressed during the court appearance and was overwhelmed by news her husband was to be released.

The man has been ordered to not enter the township of Stanthorpe as a condition of his bail, except to appear in court.

Lawyer Phillip Crook told the court his client had been fired from his job as a result of the charges, but a friend had since offered to house and employ the man outside of Stanthorpe.

The man was released from custody and is due to front Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on July 24.

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