Woman said she was 'raped by two coppers', court told
UPDATE: Friends of a woman allegedly raped by an on-duty police officer have told how she was later "hysterical" and "bawling her eyes out".
Twelve witnesses testified in the District Court in Mackay today, the second day of 31-year-old former constable Trent Christopher Birthisel's trial.
Birthisel has pleaded not guilty.
One of the friends told the court the woman, then 20, had phoned him around 5 or 6am on February 2, 2014.
He said the woman had told him she'd been "raped by two coppers".
"She was frantic, crying, upset, hysterical," he said.
The friend also said he'd been told one of the officers had had sex with her in a police car and afterwards the other had asked for oral sex.
He told the court she had been scared as she "wasn't sure if they were going to kill her".
Taxi driver Sharn Johal told the court he received a call to pick up the woman from Glenella at 5.32am. Mr Johal said the woman had been crying and talking to a male on the phone, saying "what did I do wrong?"
EARLIER: The police officer on duty the night his former colleague allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman has told a court the two had been "flirting" prior to the alleged attack.
Rudy Clarence Nonis, 30, gave evidence at the trial of Trent Christopher Birthisel, 31, in the District Court in Mackay this morning.
Mr Nonis had also been charged with rape but the charges were dropped last year.
The former constable is now employed as a production supervisor.
Mr Nonis testified that he and Birthisel had been conducting Mackay CBD foot patrols in the early hours of February 2, 2014 when they met the woman outside Karma Nightclub.
He said he had observed Birthisel and the woman "flirting together and laughing" on Wood St.
"They both were (flirting) with each other… She was maybe a little bit intoxicated," he said.
Mr Nonis said the woman had asked for a lift to Glenella and the officers agreed to take her.
Mr Nonis said he had driven while Birthisel sat in the back seat, and he had observed the two kissing.
He said at Birthisel's request he'd driven the police car to a spot under the Ron Camm Bridge and walked away to smoke cigarettes, leaving them in the car.
Mr Nonis said when he returned to the car, the woman had been "smiling and laughing". He told the court she had said to him "pinky promise this stays between the three of us".
Later that night the woman and Birthisel had made another "pinky promise", Mr Nonis said.
A friend, with whom the 20-year-old woman had been planning to stay that night, also gave evidence this morning.
The friend said the woman had called her on the afternoon of February 2, and told her a police officer had had sex with her.
"(She said) 'One of them (expletive) me while the other one stood outside the car having a cigarette, I don't know what to do,'" said the friend.
The friend said the woman then came to her house and the pair had discussed the incident in more detail.
"As soon as they had started driving he started feeling her up on the leg," the friend said.