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Gay Brisbane man Dominic Hansson accused of raping female friend says he was ‘set up’ over texts

A gay man on trial for allegedly raping his girlfriend claims he had consensual sex with her after questioning “whether he was really gay.”

A jury in the Brisbane District Court is considering whether Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, was guilty of one count of rape on December 7, 2019.

According to police, Hansson – who has been labeled a “narcissist” – arrived at the woman’s downtown apartment around 1:30 am on the morning in question, drunk and determined to spend the night.

The complainant slept but let Hansson sleep on the sofa before persuading her to let him in bed by reminding her that he was gay and in a committed four-year relationship.

It is alleged that Hansson began “spooning” the woman around 2:30 a.m. before “putting her on her stomach” and raping her.

The prosecution alleges that Hansson “taken what he already knew about her sex life as a right to treat her like an object,” kept her face down on her bed, and told her he knew “she thought it was rough” when she asked him. begged to stop.

He sat gritty-faced, supported by his father and now-ex, while his legal team claimed the sex was consensual and his alleged victim had a “vendetta” that prompted her to press charges.

Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, is on trial this week in Brisbane court over the alleged attack on 7 December 2019. He denies a count of rape

Dominic Edmund Hansson, 28, is on trial this week in Brisbane court over the alleged attack on 7 December 2019. He denies a count of rape

The ‘toxic narcissist’

The jury heard Wednesday that Hansson “manipulated” the victim in a “toxic” attempt to undermine confidence in herself and her memory of the events.

Hansson told her he would take his own life if his long-term live-in partner, Tony Rickards, ever heard of the indiscretion, and demanded that she send messages stating that nothing out of the ordinary had happened between the couple.

In his closing statement, Crown Prosecutor Chris Cook asked the jury to consider whether Hansson is a narcissist.

‘You could conclude that he is a narcissist who can talk his way out of anything. Only interested in himself. He lies to his partner, lied to the victim. He ran secret messages to the victim. He lied to the police… He’s a mysterious man.’

Hansson’s legal team argued that narcissism is a psychiatric disorder and that their client had not been diagnosed with such a condition.

They said the phrase was used because it evokes emotion and in an attempt to influence the jury.

Hansson told her he would take his own life if his long-term live-in partner, Tony Rickards (pictured together), ever learned of the indiscretion.  The couple have since split, but Mr Rickards was in court on Wednesday to support Hansson

Hansson told her he would take his own life if his long-term live-in partner, Tony Rickards (pictured together), ever learned of the indiscretion. The couple have since split, but Mr Rickards was in court on Wednesday to support Hansson

The Explosive Messages

The woman – who cannot be named – went to the police on April 21 and filed a report, more than four months after the alleged assault.

Hansson’s defense says she made a false report because she was offended that the 28-year-old described her as an escort. They also mentioned a separate altercation between the couple over marijuana.

The incident in question occurred several hours before the complainant went to the police.

In Facebook posts presented to the court, Hansson told the alleged victim: “You have to be careful with the smells coming from your apartment. From what I can see it’s marijuana; constant. Please stop.’

The woman disagreed with the report, claiming he often came to her apartment to ask for marijuana.

A heated Facebook exchange between the woman and Hansson (pictured) is part of the reason she reported the alleged attack to police, the defense says.

A heated Facebook exchange between the woman and Hansson (pictured) is part of the reason she reported the alleged attack to police, the defense says.

She replied, ‘Don’t you dare come into my apartment and ask for the same thing you are complaining about. I tell you I don’t have one and then you whine about the smell of weed in the building?’

Hansson denied that he “did any of those things.”

The complainant told police that Hansson was in her apartment for hours before sending those messages, but that she was uncomfortable and did not give him what he asked for.

She also denied working as an escort, as Hansson had claimed. She showed an interest in the BDSM community and confided to Hansson that she was a “sugar baby” and had an active OnlyFans account.

“She did this sugar daddy thing,” the court heard. “She did things that you, the jury, may not like, or Hansson may not like, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have to give permission.”

He sat gritty-faced, supported by his father and now-ex, while his legal team claimed the sex was consensual and his alleged victim had a

He sat gritty-faced, supported by his father and now-ex, while his legal team claimed the sex was consensual and his alleged victim had a “vendetta” that prompted her to press charges.

The complainant who ‘enjoyed manipulating men’

Meanwhile, the defense has encouraged the jury to consider a number of key factors in the woman’s testimony and her reliability as a witness.

Psychologist’s notes unearthed in mid-2018 – 18 months before the alleged crime – reveal that the victim considers herself “manipulative.”

During the session, the woman admitted that she could “lie to others to get what she wants.”

But Hansson’s legal team drew attention to a counseling session just five days after the alleged attack, which she reportedly began on the morning of December 7, 2019.

In it, the complainant told her counsel that she was ‘ashamed’ that she ‘had sex with her gay neighbor’, but ‘enjoyed manipulating men’, the court heard.

When presented with the concept of manipulating men, the woman said she referred to her work as a sugar baby.

The defense also alleges that she maintained a friendship with Hansson for four months after the alleged rape before contacting police or confiding in her counsel.

Her legal team claims it’s because he manipulated her into doing this, and she was afraid to come forward.

Hansson (pictured with his parents) told police in his first interview 'it made no sense while we were having sex, where she told me to stop, or indicated she didn't want sex anymore'

Hansson (pictured with his parents) told police in his first interview ‘it made no sense while we were having sex, where she told me to stop, or indicated she didn’t want sex anymore’

The night in question

Hansson told police in his first interrogation ‘it made no sense while we were having sex, where she told me to stop, or indicated she didn’t want sex anymore’.

‘I said, ‘Do you want to have sex?’ and she said, ‘Of course I do,’ he said in the May 31, 2020 formal interview.

The complainant argued that this is not the way a young woman would broach the subject of sex.

Hansson claimed that the woman started flirting on the night in question and became more and more “sensitive” over the night.

The 28-year-old arrived at her downtown apartment around 1:30 a.m. after a night out.

When he arrived, the couple reportedly ate pizza on the couch. Six and a half hours before he arrived, the complainant ate half of a cannabis brownie that she said didn’t get her high, but was effective enough to help her sleep.

Hansson alleges that the complainant drank a cider and that he had drunk only two glasses of champagne earlier in the evening.

Bank statements show that he spent a total of $143 at the Waterloo Hotel in Fortitude Valley between the night of December 6 and early December.

While Hansson now admits to having had intercourse, he initially told the complainant to send him a message denying that they had even touched each other so that he could

While Hansson now admits to having had intercourse, he initially told the complainant to send him a message denying that they had even touched each other so that he could “show his friend” that nothing had happened.

While Hansson now admits to having had intercourse, he initially told the complainant to send him a message denying that they had even touched each other so that he could “show his friend” that nothing had happened.

When Mr Rickard, Hansson’s ex, complained, he couldn’t recall ever asking for evidence or seeing those messages.

When asked why he was having sex with a woman if he was gay, Hansson said, “Curiosity. I was just curious and with the emotional connection we had then, I got a lot more curious, you know, I wondered if I was really gay.’

The complainant regarded Hansson as a close friend until December 7 and had confided in him about her depression, mental health problems and interests as a ‘sugar baby’.

Hansson kept his composure when all the entries were told to the judges. He had several supporters in the courtroom who listened intently and served him lunch during intermission.

The jury, consisting of seven men and seven women, deliberates at night.

The complainant regarded Hansson as a close friend until December 7 and had confided in him about her depression, mental health problems and interests as a 'sugar baby'.

The complainant regarded Hansson as a close friend until December 7 and had confided in him about her depression, mental health problems and interests as a ‘sugar baby’.

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