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Accused of rape on a train

A MAN accused of raping a woman on the Sunlander train has fronted a Mackay court.

The man, who cannot be named until he's committed to stand trial, was not required to enter a plea at this stage.

Defence lawyer Marty Doyle, of the ATSI Legal Service, did not apply for bail yesterday at the Mackay Magistrates Court.

The 50-year-old Rockhampton man was remanded in custody until next month.

Police were called to the Mackay railway station at 2.15am yesterday to investigate the alleged sexual assault of a 27-year-old Townsville woman on the Sunlander train.

The alleged incident occurred sometime overnight Sunday while the train was between Rockhampton and Mackay, a police spokesman said.

The train was delayed until about 5am yesterday while police were on scene.

The incident is being investigated by Mackay Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives.

It is understood the man and the alleged victim were not known to each other.

A Queensland Rail spokesperson said: "As this matter is before the courts we cannot comment except to say we promptly reported the matter to the Queensland Police Service and provided assistance to the alleged victim."

The matter was adjourned until November 12.

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