Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Alleged Rapist Turned In By Father

Brisbane, AU -- The father of an alleged rapist phoned police to hand in his son following news reports of a vicious sex attack in an inner city park. The 24-year-old, who cannot be named, appeared in custody in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court yesterday charged with two counts of rape, assault with intent to rape and deprivation of liberty.

His mother and father were also in court, while his father told the court his family would support him if he was released on bail. All the offences were allegedly perpetrated against a 30-year-old woman in the Paddington skate park as he walked home from the Caxton St nightclub precinct. After seeing publicity about the attack, he said the 24-year-old spoke to his father and said: "It's me."

The man who lives at home with his parents, stayed there and gave an interview to police after they arrived. Sgt. Rantala said the man had admitted being with the woman and punching her on the head after she refused to have sex with him. The man was ordered not to have any contact with his alleged victim and surrendered his passport. He will reappear before the court at the end of the month.

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