Brisbane jury fails to reach a verdict in case of gay man accused of raping female friend

The jury has been discharged in the trial of an openly gay man accused of raping his female friend after they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict. 

The group of seven men and five women deliberated for more than 12 hours in the Brisbane District Court on whether Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, is guilty of one count of rape on December 7, 2019.

Police allege Hansson – who has been labelled a ‘narcissist’ – arrived at the woman’s inner city apartment without invitation about 1.30am on the morning in question, drunk and determined to spend the night. 

The complainant was asleep but allowed Hansson to sleep on the couch, before he convinced her to let him in bed by reminding her he was gay and in a committed, four-year relationship. 

It’s alleged Hansson began ‘spooning’ the woman about 2.30am before ‘flipping her onto her stomach’ and raping her. 

The prosecution argues Hansson ‘took what he already knew about her sex life as an entitlement to treat her like an object’, holding her…

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