Lubricant may link man to rape

A TUBE of personal lubricant may be the undoing for a 37-year-old man accused of rape.

The man, who appeared in Gladstone District Court yesterday for the first day of his trial, pleaded not guilty to raping a 23-year-old woman on Heron Island four years ago.

However, in his opening statement, Crown Prosecutor Joshua Phillips suggested a tube of personal lubricant left behind in the woman's room would link the man to the offence.

Mr Phillips told the court that the victim did not use personal lubricant, but the tube discovered in her room was the same brand used by the man's then-girlfriend.

Mr Phillips also referred to the man as, 'the gentle rapist'.

"He took advantage of a young, hopelessly intoxicated (woman)," he said.

"Thankfully she was not so intoxicated she could not clearly signal she didn't want anything sexual with (this man). She did so by telling him. 'No. Stop it. We can't do this.'"

The trial continues today.



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