Rape-accused to stand trial in Toowoomba

A MAN has been committed to stand trial in the District Court on rape, indecent treatment of a child and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor.

The 22-year-old man, who now lives in the Brisbane suburb of Browns Plains, will stand trial later this year after being formally arraigned on the charges in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

He stood quietly beside his lawyer Arun Raniga who consented on his behalf to the matter proceeding to the higher court.

When asked by Magistrate Damian Carroll if he would be entering any plea to the charges, the man replied: "No, Your Honour."

The man is accused of rape at a Toowoomba property on January 24.

He is further accused of the aggravated supply of dangerous drugs (cannabis) to a minor under 16 years, and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Windsor read into evidence 14 exhibits and 24 statements from investigating and first-responding police, witnesses and the alleged victim.

The evidence includes 94 photos taken at the alleged crime scene at the Toowoomba home, a hand-drawn sketch by the alleged victim, and body-worn camera footage of responding officers.

Mr Carroll enlarged the man's bail and ordered he appear in the higher court for the trial on a date yet to be determined by the Department of Public Prosecutions.



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