Woman hid in bushes after alleged cop rape
THE former police officer accused of raping a 20-year-old woman while on duty allegedly made her a "pinky promise" and told her "this is our little secret".
Crown prosecutor Belinda Merrin told the District Court in Mackay yesterday that in the early hours of February 2, 2014, the woman approached two police officers and asked for a lift to the house she was staying at in Glenella.
Ms Merrin said the woman had been clubbing in the Mackay CBD and had spent all of her money on alcohol.
The two officers - Rudy Clarence Nonis and rape accused Trent Christopher Birthisel, 31 - agreed to drive the woman home.
Ms Merrin said Birthisel had sat in the back seat with the woman.
She said the woman "froze" when he had touched her on the leg, and she had asked jokingly, "I wonder what it's like to be handcuffed".
Ms Merrin said Birthisel then had sexual contact with the woman five times without her consent.
He is charged with three counts of oral, one count of vaginal and one count of anal rape.
Ms Merrin said the woman had "said nothing as she was scared".
Ms Merrin said after the first sexual contact, the car stopped at the Good Guys car park at Northpoint Retail and the woman asked to get out to urinate.
She asked Birthisel to help her out of and back into her one-piece jumpsuit.
The car later stopped "under a bridge" and Mr Nonis walked off to have a cigarette, while sexual contact between Birthisel and the woman continued.
Ms Merrin said the officers then drove to where the woman had been staying, where Birthisel asked for her name and phone number.
"He said words to the effect of 'this is our little secret,' (the woman) said 'yes' and they did what's described as a pinky promise," Ms Merrin said.
The woman then walked in the opposite direction of the house and hid in bushes until the two officers drove away.
Ms Merrin said she "ran to a friend's house" and began crying, then phoned another friend.
She called a taxi, which picked her up at 5.39am, and travelled to a friend's house.
The woman slept until the afternoon and then attended hospital to receive a rape kit.
The court was closed to the public yesterday as the woman gave her testimony.
The trial continues today.
Rape charges against Mr Nonis were dropped in June last year.