Man Accused of Impersonating a Police Officer in Court
Bosscher Lawyers are defending a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer then forced a prostitute to perform sex acts
The 34-year-old man is accused of forcing the escort to perform sex acts at a Burleigh Hotel on February 18 last year. He is charged with one count each of assuming the designation or description of a police officer and rape.
Police allege the man arranged to meet the prostitute then introduced himself as an undercover police officer investigating the sex industry.
Defence barrister John Jacob applied in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday to cross-examine the victim about “inconsistencies” in her statements.
Mr Jacob said there was an absence of any direct threat or act of violence by his client and said he wanted to ask the complainant why she felt she couldn’t scream.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan ordered the victim to be cross-examined about how the man blocked the exit, why she was scared of violence and why she couldn’t scream.
The committal hearing will be held on May 23.