Accused denies sex attack

THE accused in a sex attack trial took the witness box in the Lismore District Court yesterday.

The 44-year-old man was questioned by his defence barrister, Troy Edwards and the Crown prosecutor for four-and-a-half hours about the events in a Kyogle house on the morning of January 20, 2008.

He is accused of assault with an act of indecency, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, and threatening to inflict bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse.

Yesterday the man repeated his statement that allegations he entered the woman’s bedroom at 5am and slapped her many times, dragged her through the house, inserted metal objects up her nose and threatened her with knives and with anal rape were false.

He gave evidence that bruising and a bleeding nose the woman suffered had been caused when she fell heavily off her bed as aresult of being drunk.

He had been asleep at the time, the man said.

Yesterday was the seventh day of the trial, before a jury of six men and six women.

It resumes on Monday to hear the final addresses.



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