Witnesses quizzed in trial

WITNESSES were questioned about the level of intoxication of a teenage girl who has accused a Gladstone man of raping her earlier this year, Gladstone District Court heard yesterday.

Hoane Joseph Kahu, 21, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape that were alleged to have occurred behind the old Post Office in Goondoon Street in the early hours of March 6.

On the second day of the trial, Senior Crown Prosecutor Justin Whalley questioned Adam Lloyd Ford and Larry James Mitchell, who had been with the girl, aged 15 at the time of the alleged offence, on the night of March 5.

Mr Whalley asked Mr Ford what the girl had to drink on the night, to which he replied that he had only seen her consume a small amount of alcohol, consisting of a few sips of various drinks bought for her at a licensed premises in Goondoon Street.

When further questioned, Mr Ford said he and Mr Mitchell had left the girl in Goondoon Street, after walking with her down to the marina, and believed she had returned home, but later contacted her on a mobile phone and were told she thought she had been raped.

Mr Whalley later questioned Gladstone District Hospital emergency ward doctor Robyn Mawer, who examined the girl on the morning of March 6.

Dr Mawer told the court the girl appeared dishevelled and had abrasions on her knees and elbows, but a medical examination could not determine if she had been penetrated.

Dr Mawer said the girl recorded a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.031 per cent at 8am on March 6, but it was difficult to determine exactly what her BAC would have been earlier the previous evening, estimating that it could have been between 0.055 or 0.142 per cent if she had stopped drinking about 9.30pm on March 5, or between 0.11 and 0.19 per cent if she had stopped drinking after midnight.

When cross-examining Dr Mawer, defence counsel Jack Farrell asked if one or two cans of a premixed drink would be enough to produce a BAC of between 0.11 and 0.19, to which Dr Mawer replied that it would not.

The trial continues today.



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