Gay Qld man denies raping female friend

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A man in a long-term gay relationship has denied raping his female friend saying he was curious and the sex was consensual.

Dominic Edmund Hansson is standing trial accused of raping the woman in her inner city Brisbane apartment in the early hours of December 7, 2019.

The now 28 year old told police he was curious, asking the woman if she wanted to have sex, to which she replied "of course I do", a Brisbane court has been told.

On Hansson's version the sex in multiple positions was consensual, after which the pair fell asleep and never did it again, prosecutor Chris Cook said in his closing argument on Wednesday.

The Crown argues Hansson was a trusted friend of the woman, confiding in her including about an argument with his boyfriend two days before the sexual encounter.

Hansson had been drinking at the Waterloo Hotel, received no response when trying to contact her and went to her home, insisting on sleeping in her bed.

"She didn't see much of a problem with this as she was led to believe he was gay, led to believe he loved his partner Tony, led to believe that he was her friend, led to believe she could trust him," Mr Cook told the Brisbane District Court

He said Hansson used what he knew about the woman's unconventional sex life as "entitlement to treat her like an object ... for his own selfish gratification".

The woman has told the court she never gave consent, telling him to stop, but Hansson held her down, saying "I know you like it rough."

Mr Cook said the woman kept up appearances about their friendship for weeks as Hansson told her he would take his own life if his partner found out what happened.

The woman told friends that Hansson had forced himself onto her before reporting it to police in April 2020.

Mr Cook said Hansson sent the woman photos of himself shirtless and "secret messages about seeing her in a bikini and how it made his dick hard".

He argued the jury can find no motive for the woman to lie.

Defence barrister Michael Bonasia said Hansson did not need to explain why the woman would make up the allegations.

"Maybe, just maybe, it's because she was dealing with the shame of sleeping with (a man) who was in a relationship for some time, maybe she was getting back at him for some hurtful messages that he sent, maybe it was out of anger. We don't know," he added.

Mr Bonasia said the woman messaged Hansson many times after the encounter including providing "intimate details about fetish life", once saying she was "butt-naked in bed with a man".

"They're actions by someone that are inconsistent with having been raped," Mr Bonasia added.

The jury has retired to consider its verdict.

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