Lawyer: Rape trial is ‘traditional he stated, she stated case’

A man has pleaded not guilty to violently raping his former partner.

One woman has alleged that she was violently and repeatedly raped by her former partner while her two children slept on the other end of the Whitsunday house.

The man has hit back on these allegations, claiming that the couple had consensual sex which was a "rape fantasy" and that the woman made false claims that they removed him from the family home.

Defense attorney Scott McLennan said in his closing argument to the jury that it was a "classic he said / she said case" and warned the jury that they would have to be convinced beyond any doubt in order to convict his client.

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The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to the Mackay District Court on numerous charges including rape, sexual assault, suffocation and violating a domestic violence order.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations this afternoon.

Mr McLennan said the police investigation into the alleged incident was "appalling" and the officers had failed to provide decisive evidence based solely on the woman's word.

Mr McLennan also argued that the woman's behavior after the incident was incompatible with someone who was forcibly raped.

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Prosecutor Ben Jackson told the jury that people reacted differently to situations.

"You might think … she endured years of abuse," said Mr. Jackson.

The court heard the man admitted attacking and threatening the woman, but said it had happened years earlier, while the woman claimed it was recent behavior.

"It's inevitable that there will be some disagreement," said Jackson.

Mr McLennon argued that the woman had told lies to doctors, the police and during her trial of evidence in court.

Mr. Jackson said it was up to the jury to decide what to do with any discrepancies.