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Liberal staffer accused of raping Brittany Higgins will stand trial on June 27


Liberal staffer accused of raping Brittany Higgins on a Parliament House couch learns when he will stand trial

  • Bruce Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to raping Brittany Higgins in 2019
  • His trial will start on June 27, having earlier been set to begin last week 

The man accused of raping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins will stand trial at the end of the month.

Bruce Lehrmann, charged with sexual intercourse without consent, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins in an office at Parliament House in March, 2019.

He will stand trial on June 27.

Mr Lehrmann was previously expected to face a six-week trial starting on June 6.

The man accused of sexually assaulting former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins will stand trial at the end of the month

The man accused of sexually assaulting former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins will stand trial at the end of the month 

But days before the trial was due to begin, it has emerged his barrister was unable to appear for him.

In a brief pre-trial mention in the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum set the new trial date.

It’s expected to run for four to six weeks. 

Chief Justice McCallum had earlier refused an application by Lehrmann’s lawyers for a permanent or temporary stay of the trial in late April. 

More to come 

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