/ 05 July 2024

Another trial for Lehrmann

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann will stand trial once again, this time on 2 counts of rape, with Magistrate Mark Howden yesterday rejecting his argument that he had “no case to answer”. Lawyers for the 29yo tried to have the case thrown out, but 2 weeks after the complainant gave her evidence and was cross-examined in a closed court, Howden concluded that “a reasonable jury, properly instructed, could return a verdict of guilty”. The case will be heard in Lehrmann’s Queensland hometown of Toowoomba with the date TBD. The alleged offences occurred in October 2021, 2.5 years after he raped his former colleague Brittany Higgins inside Parliament House (according to Federal Court Justice Michael Lee anyway…). Lehrmann attended court by phone yesterday and when asked if he had anything to say about the charges, he said “not at this time”.

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