Judge rejects bid in Higgins rape case | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

A man accused of raping Brittany Higgins has been denied an attempt to end his prosecution.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucy McCallum on Friday rejected the request for permanent or temporary residency from Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers.

He was charged with the rape of Mrs Higgins last year and pleaded not guilty.

“I am not convinced that the material evidence establishes that it remains on the Internet is of a kind that cannot be directed to the jury by proper direction,” Chief Justice McCallum wrote in her verdict.

A request for a removal order from Lehrmann’s lawyers, which allegedly forced media organizations to remove previous articles on the case, was also rejected.

“The requested injunction is ill-formed…too broad in scope…and too broad in scope to prevent disclosure of information to persons in other parts of Australia and even the world who are not potential jurors in the ACT,” he said. the verdict. is reading.

Lehrmann was determined to face trial in the ACT Supreme Court for allegedly raping then-Liberal staffer Ms Higgins in an office in the parliament building in March 2019.

A trial period of six weeks has been set for June.

Australian Associated Press

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