‘High profile’ man is charged with two counts of rape over alleged attack on a young woman

‘High profile’ man is charged with two counts of rape over alleged attack on a young woman

  • A ‘high profile’ man has been charged with two counts of rape 
  • Police said alleged attack on a young woman took place in October 2021
  • The man is scheduled to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 11

A ‘high-profile’ man is set to front a Queensland court after being charged with two counts of rape in an alleged attack of a young woman.

The man is alleged to have raped the woman in October 2021.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman on Tuesday confirmed the bombshell allegations as the accused prepares to face court.

A 'high profile' man is set to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 11 after being charged with two counts of rape in an alleged attack on a young woman in October 2021 (stock image of Toowoomba Magistrates Court pictured)

A ‘high profile’ man is set to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 11 after being charged with two counts of rape in an alleged attack on a young woman in October 2021 (stock image of Toowoomba Magistrates Court pictured)

‘Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch detectives have charged a man with the alleged rape of a young woman in October 2021,’ police said.

‘The man is scheduled to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 11, 2023, charged with two counts of rape.’

Under Queensland law, the identity of the man can not be revealed as the anonymity of accused serious sex offenders is protected until they are committed to stand trial. This legal process can often take several years.

While his name cannot be revealed, the Courier Mail reported he is a ‘high profile’ figure in Australia.  

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman announced in November he law protecting the identity of accused rapists would be changed this year.

The Sunshine State is one of the last jurisdictions to have this law, designed to protect the reputation of the person charged until evidence is tested at committal. 

It is not offered for any other type of offence, including murder.

Queensland is one of the last states to have a law protecting the identity of persons charged with serious sex offenses (stock image)

Queensland is one of the last states to have a law protecting the identity of persons charged with serious sex offenses (stock image)

The proposed change came after the 188 recommendations made by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce in its Hear Her Voice 2 report, handed down in July 2022.

The Queensland State Government accepted in full 103 of the recommendations and supported the other 85 ‘in principle’.

Queensland Police said it is unable to comment on the proceedings of the case as the matters ‘are presently subjected to court processes’.  

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