Mackay man charged with 21 counts of rape
A MACKAY professional has been charged with 21 counts of rape and 25 counts of depriving a woman of her personal liberty in a series of alleged sexual offences before Mackay Magistrates Court.
The accused man, aged in his 50s, cannot be identified for legal reasons.
He appeared in custody before Magistrate Damien Dwyer and made a successful bail application despite police opposing it.
The man, who made no plea through his barrister Phillip Moore, is accused by the woman of having raped her and with three counts of attempted rape, seven counts of sexual assault and depriving her of her liberty between May 19, 2013 and April 22 this year.
Although many of the offences do not have specific dates all are alleged to have taken place in Mackay.
Mr Moore, in the bail application, said his client was not a flight risk, operated a business in Mackay and had a family home here and had no criminal convictions.
Mr Moore said there was no allegation of threats being made to potential witnesses or threats to flee the community.
He acknowledged that his client faced very serious charges but said all involved one complainant who had made a series of allegations that occurred over a period of time in what was one pattern of alleged offences.
Mr Moore said his client was a dual national who held other passports and could offer cash bail if required. He and his wife owned property.
He said his client had made no admissions.
Prosecutor Sheena Hayes said police opposed bail, it was a strong case and there was a 36-page statement and recordings from the woman that showed a pattern of behaviour.
Mr Dwyer granted conditional bail and ordered the man to surrender his passports and report to Mackay police each Wednesday. He must not contact the alleged victim.
The matter was adjourned to a date in September.