Ex-union boss bailed on rape charges

Christine Flatley

A former union boss allegedly helped a woman break into her house before raping her, a Brisbane court has been told.

The man, who cannot be named, was granted bail on Wednesday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court over fresh charges relating to the alleged rape on Saturday night.

It's alleged the pair had been drinking at Eleven Rooftop Bar in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley before they caught a cab back to her home.

The court heard he helped her break through the front door because she had lost her keys.

The court heard the alleged victim told police he made himself a drink and then raped her despite her protests.

He is facing two counts of rape and one count of recording in breach of privacy.

Police said a video on the accused's phone, as well as CCTV footage obtained from the bar and inside the taxi showed the alleged victim to be very drunk or unconscious.

"She was a person incapable of giving consent," police prosecutor Sergeant Josh Kelly said.

The man's lawyer Mark McCarthy said the trial would no doubt revolve around "whether she did consent and whether or not he thought she consented".

He said any suggestions his client would approach the complainant or other witnesses in this matter was "offensive".

The accused was granted bail on the condition he report twice a week to police, not contact the alleged victim, and not to go to Eleven Rooftop Bar.

He declined to comment as he left the watch-house early Wednesday afternoon, wearing the same work clothes he was dressed in when he was arrested.

His lawyers also made no comment outside court.

The matter was adjourned until April 24.