Woman charged with raping 12-year-old boy
A FAR Northern woman is accused of raping a 12-year-old boy after spending the evening drinking and socialising with his parents.
The 37-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape in November 2013 at a Cape Tribulation property.
"She grabbed hold of my (expletive) and stuck it in her (expletive)," crown prosecutor Nigel Rees told the jury that these were the words of the complainant child.
"This is a word on word case ... so from the very start I suggest you scrutinise the evidence."
A Cairns District Court jury was told the woman and child were neighbours at Thornton Beach and were socialising with the child's parents on the night.
It is alleged the rape occurred after the child had walked the complainant home.
In July 2015, the alleged incident came to light after the child, then 14, spoke with a school nurse.
She told the jury they had had a conversation around condom use during which he told her that when he was 12 he'd had a sexual encounter with his neighbour.
She said he told her she had been smoking cannabis and he had been drinking alcohol.
"He believed that he had initiated that sexual contact with her," she told the court.
The child had told the police he had pushed her away.
The court was told the child had also made allegations that a teacher had touched him when he was 11, but later denied it.
Under cross examination by defence barrister Josh Trevino the court was told the child accessed the school's student support services at an above average rate.
Mr Trevino said the nurse had written in her notes that he appeared to access the services to avoid going to class. She agreed.
"At that time yes (he) did access student support services," she said.
"He was distressed and so couldn't stay in class."
The nurse informed the child's parents about the conversation.
The child's mother told the court that the defendant "seemed quite drunk" the night of the alleged rape.
"She was slurring words," she said.
The woman said she had told her two sons to walk the defendant home before adding that one of her son's returned alone.
She told the court she did not see her other son - the complainant child - again that night.
The trial, under Judge Tracy Fantin, continues today.