Another victim has been identified in the alleged Burnett case.
Another victim has been identified in the alleged Burnett case. Pexels

International case develops for alleged Burnett rapist

ANOTHER victim has been identified in an alleged Burnett rape case and legal representatives are determining how to best examine international witnesses.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens told the Kingaroy Magistrates Court on August 22 the investigation into a Mondure man had not ceased.

The 49-year-old man was charged with unlawfully and indecently assaulting a woman between April 10 and 20 in 2013.

He was granted bail for this fresh charge.

The man was initially charged with two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of deceptive recruitment on October 18, 2018.

A police media report at the time of the initial charges said the alleged victim was a foreign English National woman, who was 23 at the time of the charges, was in Australia as a backpacker on a working holiday visa in January 2017 and worked on the rural Mondure property.

It was the international nature of the case which was the cause of discussions in the Kingaroy court room.

Defence lawyer Mr Lynch said the original complainant had given her first statement on July 20, 2018.

He said she then gave her second statement before the first hearing.

"She changed what she had said in the first statement," Mr Lynch said.

"Then there has been the diary entries which adds another flavour again."

The defence said there were days missing in the diary entries.

Sgt Stevens said the original diary was currently being sent to Kingaroy from England.

"The complainant did not record her diary every day, it appears to be no diary entries that finish mid-sentence," he said.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said it was going to be difficult to hear witnesses due to most of them living overseas.

"Will it be by video link or audio link? And what about the 13-hour time difference?" she said.

Magistrate Pink said it would cost $68,000 for the nine witnesses to appear.

Sgt Stevens said something could be organised with overseas agencies for a video link.

He said the prosecution and defence would work out a "set of rules" for the witnesses.

"I'm assured from the officer in charge of the investigation it can be arranged," he said.

Magistrate Pink was not in a position to make a decision regarding witnesses.

"There's obviously a very large number of issues to be considered," she said.

The case was adjourned to 2pm on September 26.

The 49-year-old man is also charged with a count of possessing dangerous drugs, one charge of authority required to possess explosives and one charge of the secure storage of weapons.

The Mondure man's bail on the original charges was enlarged.

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