The jury has been discharged within the trial of an overtly homosexual man accused of raping his feminine buddy after they had been unable to succeed in a unanimous verdict.
The group of seven males and 5 girls deliberated for greater than 12 hours within the Brisbane District Court docket on whether or not Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, is responsible of 1 rely of rape on December 7, 2019.
Police allege Hansson – who has been labelled a ‘narcissist’ – arrived on the girl’s interior metropolis condominium with out invitation about 1.30am on the morning in query, drunk and decided to spend the evening.
The complainant was asleep however allowed Hansson to sleep on the sofa, earlier than he satisfied her to let him in mattress by reminding her he was homosexual and in a dedicated, four-year relationship.
It is alleged Hansson started ‘spooning’ the girl about 2.30am earlier than ‘flipping her onto her abdomen’ and raping her.
The prosecution argues Hansson ‘took what he already knew about her intercourse life as an entitlement to deal with her like an object’, holding her face down on her mattress and telling her he knew ‘she preferred it tough’ when she pleaded with him to cease.
He sat stony-faced, supported by his father and now-ex, as his authorized workforce argued the intercourse was consensual and his alleged sufferer had a ‘vendetta’ that prompted her to press prices.
Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, is standing trial in Brisbane District Court docket this week over the alleged December 7, 2019 assault. He denies one rely of rape
The ‘poisonous narcissist’
The jury heard on Wednesday Hansson ‘manipulated’ the sufferer in a ‘poisonous’ try and erode confidence in herself and her recollection of the occasions.
Hansson informed her he would take his personal life if his long run, live-in accomplice on the time, Tony Rickards, had been to ever study of the indiscretion and allegedly demanded she ship messages stating nothing untoward had occurred between the pair.
In his closing argument, Crown prosecutor Chris Prepare dinner requested the jury to contemplate whether or not Hansson is a narcissist.
‘You would possibly conclude he is a narcissist who can speak his means out of something. Solely enthusiastic about himself. He lies to his accomplice, lied to the sufferer. He engaged in secret messages to the sufferer. He lied to police… He is a secretive man.’
Hansson’s authorized workforce argued narcissism is a psychiatric dysfunction and that their shopper was not recognized with such a situation.
They mentioned the phrase was used just because it elicits emotion and in an try and sway the jury.
Hansson informed her he would take his personal life if his long run, live-in accomplice on the time, Tony Rickards (pictured collectively), had been to ever study of the indiscretion. The pair have since break up
The explosive messages
The lady – who can’t be named – went to police and filed a report on April 21, greater than 4 months after the alleged assault.
Hansson’s defence argues she made a false report as a result of she was insulted that the 28-year-old described her as an escort. Additionally they cited a separate altercation between the pair over marijuana.
The incident in query occurred hours earlier than the complainant went to police.
In Fb messages tendered to court docket, Hansson informed the alleged sufferer: ‘You want to watch out with the aromas that come out of your condominium. From what I can inform it’s marijuana; continuously. Please cease.’
The lady took concern with the message as a result of she claimed he typically got here to her condominium to ask for marijuana.
A heated Fb alternate between the girl and Hansson (digital mock up above based mostly on court docket listening to) is a part of the rationale she reported the alleged assault to police, the defence argues
She responded: ‘Do not you dare come into my condominium asking for a similar factor you are complaining about. I let you know I haven’t got any and then you definitely b**ch in regards to the odor of weed within the constructing?’
Hansson denied he ‘did both of these issues’.
The complainant informed police Hansson was at her condominium hours earlier than sending these messages however she felt uncomfortable and didn’t give him what he was asking for.
She additionally denied working as an escort, as Hansson had claimed. She expressed an curiosity within the BDSM group and confided in Hansson about being a ‘sugar child’ and having an lively OnlyFans account.
‘She was doing this sugar daddy factor,’ the court docket heard. ‘She was doing stuff you the jury may not be into, or Hansson mightn’t be into, however that does not imply she does not must consent.’
He sat stony-faced, supported by his father and now-ex, as his authorized workforce argued the intercourse was consensual and his alleged sufferer had a ‘vendetta’ that prompted her to press prices
The complainant who ‘loved manipulating males’
In the meantime the defence has inspired the jury to contemplate a number of key components within the testimony of the girl and her reliability as a witness.
Psychologist notes dredged up from mid 2018 – 18 months earlier than the alleged offence came about – reveal the sufferer considers herself ‘manipulative’.
Within the session, the girl admitted she may ‘misinform others to get what she needs’.
However Hansson’s authorized workforce drew consideration to a counselling session simply 5 days after the alleged assault by which she reportedly opened up in regards to the morning of December 7, 2019.
In it, the complainant informed her counsellor she was ‘ashamed’ that she’d ‘had intercourse along with her homosexual buddy’ however ‘loved manipulating males,’ the court docket heard.
When the idea of manipulating males was put to her, the girl mentioned she was referring to her work as a sugar child.
The defence additionally argues she maintained a friendship with Hansson for 4 months after the alleged rape earlier than contacting police or confiding in her counsellor.
Her authorized workforce claims it’s because he manipulated her into doing so, and that she was scared to return ahead.
Hansson (pictured along with his mother and father) informed police in his preliminary interview ‘there was no level whereas we had been having intercourse the place she informed me to cease, or indicated that she did not need intercourse any extra’
The evening in query
Hansson informed police in his preliminary interview ‘there was no level whereas we had been having intercourse the place she informed me to cease, or indicated that she did not need intercourse any extra’.
‘I mentioned ‘Do you wish to have intercourse?’ and she or he mentioned ‘In fact I do’,’ he mentioned within the Might 31, 2020, formal interview.
The complainant argued this isn’t how a younger girl would broach the subject of participating in intercourse.
Hansson alleged the girl initiated flirting on the night in query and have become progressively extra ‘sensitive feely’ because the evening went on.
The 28-year-old arrived at her interior metropolis condominium about 1.30am after an evening out.
When he arrived, the pair allegedly ate pizza on the sofa. Six-and-a-half hours earlier than he arrived, the complainant ate half of a weed brownie which she mentioned didn’t make her excessive, however was efficient sufficient to assist her sleep.
Hansson claims the complainant was ingesting a cider and that he’d solely consumed two glasses of champagne earlier within the night.
Financial institution statements present he spent $143 in whole on the Waterloo Resort in Fortitude Valley between the evening of December 6 and early December 7.
Whereas Hansson now admits to sexual activity, he initially informed the complainant to ship him a message denying they’d even touched in order that he may ‘present his boyfriend’ nothing had occurred
Whereas Hansson now admits to sexual activity, he allegedly initially informed the complainant to ship him a message denying they’d even touched in order that he may ‘present his boyfriend’ nothing had occurred.
When Mr Rickard, Hansson’s ex, took the stand, he couldn’t recall ever asking for proof or seeing these messages.
When prompted as to why he engaged in intercourse with a girl if he was homosexual, Hansson mentioned: ‘Curiosity. I used to be simply curious and having the type of emotional bond we had on the time, it made me far more curious, you realize, I used to be questioning whether or not I used to be actually truly homosexual.’
The complainant thought-about Hansson a great buddy up till December 7 and had confided in him about her melancholy, psychological well being points and pursuits as a ‘sugar child’.
Hansson maintained his composure because the entirety of the submissions had been recounted to the jury. He had a number of supporters in court docket who listened intently and delivered him lunch in the course of the break.
The jury, consisting of seven males and 5 girls, will deliberate in a single day.
The complainant thought-about Hansson a great buddy up till December 7 and had confided in him about her melancholy, psychological well being points and pursuits as a ‘sugar child’