The victim of an alleged rape and assault near a popular Darwin beach suffered “quite severe” injuries that required surgery, a court has been told.
- The man was arrested following an incident near Casuarina Beach on Friday night
- He has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated assault
- The Darwin Local Court heard the alleged victim required surgery as a result of her injuries
A 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, today faced the Darwin Local Court charged with sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated assault.
The charges relate to an incident involving a 28-year-old woman near Casuarina Beach in the city’s northern suburbs last Friday night.
In seeking bail, the man’s lawyer, Gabriel Chipkin, told Judge Michael Carey he conceded the allegations were “extremely serious” and the presumption was against bail.
However, he said his client had no record of sexual violence.
“The allegations, in that context, do appear to be out of character,” Mr Chipkin said.
He said the accused man had argued the sex was consensual during interviews with police.
Mr Chipkin also said his client would abide by any bail conditions the court wished to impose, and that the man’s employer had also offered to put up a $5,000 surety.
He said if the accused man was not granted bail, he would likely be remanded in custody for about 12 months if the case ended up before the Supreme Court.
“He is facing a very significant period of incarceration if he’s not granted bail,” the defence lawyer said.
“At this point, I will be asking the court to consider ordering a bail supervision assessment.”
The judge rejected the application, saying it was an “extremely serious case”.
“The injuries caused to the victim were quite severe and required surgery,” Judge Carey said.
“It appears on its face to be a relatively strong crown case.
“I’m not satisfied he’s overcome the presumption against him on this occasion.”
Judge Carey remanded the man in custody until his next court appearance on October 28.