Rape charge withdrawn
A RAPE charge against a Canadian Armed Forces soldier serving in Afghanistan that was lodged while he was holidaying in Byron Bay has been withdrawn by the Crown because of a lack of evidence.
David Langlois-Fequet, 22, had been accused of raping a German backpacker in a shared dormitory room at a Byron Bay hostel at 2am on December 8 last year.
The Crown mentioned the case briefly in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday seeking to have the charge against Mr Langlois-Fequet, of having sexual intercourse without consent, withdrawn.
Magistrate Robyn Denes then dismissed the matter.
A Sydney-based spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said the prosecution was discontinued because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction on the admissible evidence available.
The Canadian soldier was able to return to his posting in Afghanistan last December.