Tourist tells of woman’s distress

A YOUNG British woman who stumbled on the road in front of his car at a Byron Bay roundabout was frightened and hysterical, a Sydney tourist told a Lismore District Court jury.

Michael Rogers, of Sydney, said the woman was a stranger who he stopped to help after seeing her running along a footpath ‘waving her hands hysterically’ about 3.30am on November 1, 2008.

Mr Rogers said his initial thought was that she needed help.

“She did trip off the gutter (of the roundabout) and fall on to the road in front of my car,” he said.

He was giving evidence in the trial of a former nightclub manager who is accused by the woman, now aged 21, of indecently assaulting and raping her outside a house after a Halloween party.

The man, who cannot be named, is pleading not guilty to three counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. He strongly denies being anywhere near the woman that night.

Defence barrister Grant Brady, during cross examination of the British woman, accused her of lying and making up the allegations against his client, including sexual harassment, because the man sacked her, which she emphatically denied.

Mr Brady also referred to her Facebook page on which she posted photos of the Halloween night, also a photo of her holding a sign about her alleged assailant in which she ‘parodied’ him.

She replied the sign was a joke by her friend, and had also been her way of dealing with the trauma of the assault.

The trial continues today.

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