Brisbane footballers charged with Australia day rape

UPDATE: The lawyer of the teenager facing rape charges has asked for bail conditions banning the accused men from having contact with each other be relaxed.

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Defence lawyer Eugene Sullivan said his client was a “quality” footballer who was on a training squad with another of the accused men.


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He also said the men had a defence and it wasn’t a case where they should be banned from having contact.

“They’re footballers,” Mr Sullivan said.
“It’s not as though they’re concocting a story.
“Their defence is it was a youthful prank … we don’t need to talk up a defence here.”
Police prosecutor Scott Pearson said he had concerns about allowing the men see each other for sport because that could include social events.
The magistrate stood the case down until an agreement on bail conditions could be reached.
The 19-year-old Kedron man is one of four males charged.
Two other 19-year-olds and a 21-year-old are expected in court on Monday.

EARLIER:Two Brisbane men charged over the rape of another man during an Australia Day party are aspiring Australian rules footballers, a court has heard.

A 19-year-old man faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday charged with rape over the January 26 incident, which allegedly involved four perpetrators and a beer bottle and was filmed and posted on social media.

More to come.

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