Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Rape Trial Continues

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Rape Trial Continues

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TWO men are on trial accused of raping a European backpacker in an abandoned Airlie Beach unit.

Ashley John Hickman, 29, and Peter John Cunningham, 45, have pleaded not guilty in the District Court in Mackay to rape and sexual assault. Mr Hickman pleaded not guilty to three further counts of rape.

During the trial, a police officer testified that two women entered the Whitsunday police station about 2am on November 2, 2015.

He said one, the alleged victim, had been red in the face, shaky and upset.

Later that morning police interviewed Mr Hickman and Mr Cunningham in relation to a rape complaint. The video tape of the interviews were played to the jury.

Mr Cunningham told police that he'd met the girl about a week prior, when he'd given her a lift from Bowen.

He said that on the night of November 1, he'd stopped at a backpacker's bar for a beer with Mr Hickman. The girl joined them in drinking.

Mr Hickman told police that on the night they'd all had a "few puffs" of cocaine. …

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