Law change plan as high profile man avoids rape case hearing

The Queensland government has confirmed plans to amend the state law that prevents media organisations naming a high-profile man accused of rape who failed to turn up to a court hearing today.

Toowoomba detectives charged the man with two counts of rape over an incident in October 2021.

The man id not turn up for his initial hearing in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Wednesday but was represented by RK Lawyers principal Rowan King.

Magistrate Kay Ryan granted bail but banned the accused from leaving the country and ordered that he surrender his passport to police.

He’s also subject to a number of residential bail conditions, including that he makes no contact with the alleged victim.

The man’s case has been adjourned for a committal mention on February 22.

Under Queensland law, people accused of serious sexual offences cannot be named in media reports until they are committed to stand trial.

The Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce’s second report into women and girls’ experiences across the criminal justice system, published in July, recommended the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1978 be amended to remove pre-committal restrictions on identifying defendants.

A spokesperson for acting Attorney-General Meaghan Scanlon said the government expected a bill will be introduced into parliament later this year.

“The Palaszczuk Government is supporting in full or in principle all 188 recommendations from the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, report two,” the spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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“This includes a recommendation to remove the restriction on publication of the identity of an adult accused of a sexual offence before a committal hearing, where it would not lead to the identification of a victim-survivor.”

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman first announced the law changes in November, stating the publication bans on an accused’s name were based on “rape myths” that women would make up allegations.

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