Bail altered for alleged rapist

A MAN working on the Ballina bypass construction project has been charged with raping a woman on a lonely beach near East Ballina while he was meant to be driving her to buy a hamburger.

The man, through his lawyer, made an application in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday to reduce his bail reporting conditions to Ballina police from three times a week to just one day a week because of his work schedule.

Defence lawyer Dannielle Stubbs said the man worked 12-hour shifts on the roadworks, making it difficult to comply with his conditional bail.

The man is charged with having sexual intercourse with the woman without consent between 12.10am and 12.30am on January 12.

The Crown told Magistrate Robyn Denes the woman was almost a stranger to the accused, but she was at the rented house where the accused lived when he was to take her to a McDonald’s Cafe. Instead the man drove her to an isolated beach late at night.

The Crown said the woman had to run in a semi-naked state to seek assistance after the alleged attack.

Because of the seriousness of the charge, the Crown said there had to be some reporting conditions to police as the man had previously given police a false name and missed attending a court appearance on another matter.

The Crown said the Ballina police station was a 24-hour operation and the man could report after he finished his12-hour shifts.

Ms Stubbs also said there had been a delay in taking her client’s buccal swab (for DNA) and the result was expected in mid-June.

Ms Denes allowed the bail to be varied, reducing his attendance at the police station to only one day a week.

The matter was adjourned to June 22.

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