Joshua Rini: Tradie accused of raping three women he met on Tinder is thrown back behind bars

Tradie accused of raping three women he met on Tinder is thrown back behind bars after extraordinary breach of bail conditions

  • Joshua Rini applies to the NSW Supreme Court to be released on bail again
  • Violated conditions imposed after his release, accused of sexually assaulting 3 women
  • He used a dating app after using a fake name to access a similar site to Tinder

A Sydney man accused of sexually abusing three women he met through a dating app was withdrawn after using a fake name to access a similar site.

Joshua Rini, 30, is applying to the NSW Supreme Court to be re-released on bail after he violated terms imposed upon his initial release.

Defense attorney Ivan Vizintin said on Thursday that Rini’s use of social media did not necessarily lead to further alleged violations, as the main issue was consent in any case.

In July last year, Glebe’s carpenter turned himself in to Surry Hills Police Station and was subsequently charged with two charges of sexual intercourse without consent.

A public call was made to find Joshua Rini, who was wanted after two women told police they had been sexually assaulted

Rini is accused of sexually assaulting the two women on several occasions last year at a Glebe home after meeting them on Tinder.

He has since been charged with a third sexual assault with another woman, 25, with the incident reportedly taking place at a home in Woollahra in November 2017.

The two met through the same dating app.

Despite one of his bail conditions, which strictly stated that he was not allowed to use any form of dating service on any platform, Rini was given access to Tantan – a dating app mainly used in China – with a ‘fake name’, was told by the court.

Mr Vizintin admitted that this was absolutely a flagrant violation of his bail conditions, but said it does not increase his risk to the community.

“Tinder doesn’t make it more likely that he will commit another crime, it’s a side effect of the alleged crime,” he said.

“The case is about what happened to each of these complainants in the room.

“It is not the Crown’s case that Tinder was used in a nefarious way to lure the complainants to his home where the alleged assault took place.

“Each complainant went voluntarily to his home and maintained physical intimacy with him.”

The lawyer pointed to a complainant’s account of the promise of oral sex before meeting him for dinner.

After the consensual intimacy began, “she said (said) she would just roll with it because it looked good, she felt the control at this point when he kissed her,” Mr Vizintin said.

At some point, that permission is revoked, and all cases show a pattern of violations, prosecutors say.

‘Each time there was a complaint almost immediately,’ says de Kroon.

Judge Peter Hamill compared the use of dating websites to meeting in ‘singles bars’ or the pub, and said a person would be banned from those buildings if charged with similar charges.

“It’s the fact that each and every one of them came about after using a similar (thing) platform,” Judge Hamill said.

Born in the UK, Rini has a brother and sister in Australia who have each offered $10,000 as security.

Rini would accept to stay off dating sites if the judge re-imposed the condition, Mr Vizintin said.

“He may accept it today, but what will he be doing in three months?” Justice Hamill said.

The bail decision will be issued later in the day.