Woman passes out on rape-accused man's bed, court hears

A FORMER waitress has told a jury how the man accused of drugging and raping three women on his yacht suggest they hire a nanny to look after her young daughter after she accepted a job on the vessel.

John Collins, 75, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court this week to nine offences including rape, sexual assault and drugging the three women on separate occasions while his yacht was moored at Bundaberg, Mooloolaba or the Gold Coast during the 80s and 90s.

He claims the encounters with the three women were consensual.

Kate Buntine told the court on Wednesday she met Collins while working at a restaurant at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast when he mentioned he may have a position working on his yacht.

She said Collins told her he was writing a book and that he needed help doing so.

"Over the next two weeks we continued to discuss the job further and I ended up accepting it," she said.

"Shortly after he suggested we put an ad in the newspaper for a nanny to help me with my young daughter.

"About six people applied for the job."

Ms Buntine told the court one woman, who cannot be identified, stood out.

"She also had a young child and all of us had dinner one night aboard the yacht," she said.

"Afterwards the woman went to the toilet as she had become pretty sick and ended up passing out on John's bed.

"I asked John if he wanted help moving her and he said it was all right.

"That was the last I saw of her that evening."

Ms Buntine said she saw the woman the following day but she did not say too much as she was still "pretty ill".

She said the woman left the yacht sometime in the afternoon.

Defence barrister Carl Heaton asked Ms Buntine if she had heard any cries for help or strange noises on the yacht after she retired to her cabin for the evening.

She said she had not.

Ms Buntine also told the court despite Collins' advances and sexual innuendos during the four weeks she lived on the yacht she did not succumb to his advances.

She said she had told Collins early on in the piece nothing would eventuate between the two of them.

The trial before Judge Michael Shanahan continues.


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