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Casino man charged with raping woman at knifepoint

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A Casino man charged with raping a woman at knifepoint allegedly made ‘numerous attempts’ to pressure his victim to withdraw complaints to police.

The man, who was 37 when he was arrested, appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where he was committed to the District Court to stand trial.

He is charged with aggravated sexual assault, two counts of common assault, unlawful imprisonment, intimidation, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and contravening an apprehended violence order.

Between 11pm on April 26, and 7am on April 27, the man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have unlawfully imprisoned the woman, contravening an apprehended violence order, before assaulting and intimidating her.

The woman complained about the incident to police, the man was arrested on May 3, and when he faced court two days later he was granted conditional bail.

Less than a fortnight passed before the next attack, police allege.

In the early hours of the morning of May 17, police said there was a second incident between the pair.

But this time the man is accused of being armed with a 20 cm long knife, which he allegedly used to threaten the woman and eventually rape her.

Police arrested the man around 11am that day and he was charged with aggravated sexual assault, common assault, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and contravening an apprehended violence order.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

During this time police allege the man pressured the woman in ‘numerous attempts’ to get her to withdraw her complaint and statement against him.

He was subesquently charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

On Tuesday he was committed to stand trial in the District Court.

The man, who is yet to enter any pleas to the charges, will be arraigned for trial on December 13 at Lismore District Court.

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