Byron man charged with rape

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

A 50-YEAR-OLD Byron Bay man has been charged with the rape of a 21-year-old Danish backpacker.

Police have spent the past month investigating the woman's claim she was raped after her drink was spiked in a Byron Bay nightclub.

No charges could be laid until police received the results of medical tests to prove if she had been drugged.

However, Tweed/Byron duty officer Insp Owen King said they had found no evidence of her drink being spiked.

"There was no evidence to support the allegation of her drink being spiked," he said.

"But, following investigations of the alleged incident, the man was arrested and charged with sexual intercourse without consent."

When the woman reported the alleged rape to police she said the last thing she could remember was being at the nightclub on the night of Saturday, November 13.

She was admitted to Byron Bay Hospital in a dazed and confused state the following morning and believed she had been sexually assaulted.

The woman told police she had left her drink unattended on several occasions during the night .

Insp King said the woman was now out of the country, but would be back before the end of the year.

The 50-year-old man will appear in the Lismore Local Court on January 18.



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