NSW nurse relives alleged rape aftermath

Luke Costin
Tareq Mikhael Setto has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a nurse in Sydney

An alleged rape victim has tearfully told a jury "everyone just kept walking past me" as she wandered a busy inner-Sydney street minutes after the attack.

A cafe worker eventually noticed the then-26-year-old was "completely distressed" near Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf, the Sydney District Court was told on Thursday.

"No one did anything ... until this lady from the cafe and she knew straight away," the alleged victim said.

"She said 'Have you been assaulted?' and I just nodded my head."

The court was told police and paramedics were called to the wharf as the woman was being comforted.

Furniture removalist Tareq Mikhael Setto, 39, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the nurse in Nicholson Street, Wooloomooloo, on the morning of August 13, 2017.

The trial heard she asked for a lift home and got into Setto's van after coming from an overnight house party.

After passing out, the nurse remembers Setto moving her body around on the van's bench seat and her pants being pulled down, she told the jury.

"I asked him what he was doing," she said.

"He told me it's okay and kept repeating it.

"Jumpers were blacking out the window so no one could see in.

She said she tried to push Setto's face and move him off her but he was "too big".

Shortly after the alleged incident, Setto's colleague arrived back at the parked truck and queried what was going on.

"I kept screaming for the other guy to get him away from me," she said.

The second man helped her out of the truck, said he hadn't done anything and warned her people would call the police if she didn't quiet down, she said.

That man then walked her a short distance to the wharf, gave her a cigarette and left.

"I just sat there for I don't know how long and ... everyone just kept walking past me," the woman said.

"I don't know how long I was walking around for. They just kept walking past me."

Under cross-examination, the woman said she didn't know if her 10-inch heels were causing her walking difficulties.

She stood by her earlier evidence she was awake during the trip to her home and that her requests to leave the removalists' van were knocked back.

She then passed out after the van moved away from her home, she said.

"I suggest to you that when you got to Wooloomooloo, this man, Mr Setto, did not sexually assault you in any way," Setto's barrister Peter Williams said.

"I disagree," the woman replied.

The now-29-year-old said she didn't recall telling the cafe worker her attacker was "the smaller man" - a description she used in the trial for Setto's colleague.

She also didn't remember telling another person at the cafe "they were all over me and touching me" or telling a doctor that one guy tried to kiss her while they were driving.

The trial will resume on Friday.