Pair charged with rape after police raid Qld acupuncture business

A man and woman who operate an acupuncture business in the city of Redland have been charged with allegedly raping a female patient on multiple occasions.

Detectives from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Sexual Crime Unit launched an investigation into the alleged sexual assaults after receiving information from the Office of Health Ombudsman in May 2019.

The victim also subsequently made a formal complaint, with police raiding the Thornlands acupuncture clinic on Tuesday where they seized further evidence.


“It is alleged that a man and woman operating an acupuncture business at Tamarind Close, Thornlands sexually assaulted the female victim on multiple occasions between April 2017 and January 2018, while she was seeking acupuncture treatment,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

Further details surrounding the case have not been revealed.

A 65-year-old Thornlands man has been charged with seven counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault.

While a 50-year-old Thornlands woman has been charged with two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault.

Both are due to re-appear in Brisbane Magistrates court on July 5.

Police are appealing for anyone with further information relating to the matter or victims of similar incidents at the acupuncture business to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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