Man pleads guilty to torture but denies raping woman

LAWYERS for a man convicted of raping a Mackay woman he met through online dating website RSVP have argued an acquittal on one rape count shows the jury questioned the victim's credibility.

The man pleaded guilty to maiming, torturing and holding the girl hostage but has always maintained he did not rape her.

Barrister John McInnes, acting for the convicted man, told the Queensland Court of Appeal on Monday that the trial judge had to prompt the woman to talk about a rape his client was acquitted of.

"Her failure to come up to proof on two of them and the fact the jury doubted her on one of them really suggest failure to remember details of a story rather than a failure to remember an event that happened," he said.

Mr McInnes also raised concern over directions the trial judge gave to the jury.

The jury at trial heard the relationship between the two started to sour because of his jealous and possessive ways.

The two met in June, 2011, through RSVP after the woman had moved to Brisbane to take up a new job.

The Queensland Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on the conviction.

Topics:  court of appeal hostage online dating rape rsvp torture

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