EXCLUSIVE: Moment soldier husband of high-profile Channel Nine TV anchor pleads not guilty to raping a ‘drunk wife’ just before Christmas – as his heavily pregnant wife reads the morning news
- Mark Anthony Cameron will plead not guilty to raping a woman in south Sydney
- Cameron, 43, is the soldier husband of Nine newscaster Davina Smith
- The couple has been married for more than ten years and she is pregnant
- Army soldier was charged late last year for alleged incident in December 2018
- Cameron has also been hit with a restraining order, it may be revealed
- Ms. Smith delivered Nine’s morning news update on Thursday as usual
Mark Anthony Cameron – the soldier-husband of Nine newscaster Davina Smith – will plead not guilty to rape charge, a court heard Thursday
The army soldier of a high-profile TV anchor will fight a rape charge heard by a court in Sydney – as his heavily pregnant wife made the morning news.
Mark Anthony Cameron, the ten-year-old husband of nine newscaster Davina Smith, is on trial after being charged with sexually assaulting another woman two and a half years ago.
Prosecutors allege that Cameron raped the woman in Sutherland – not far from the family home in Cronulla – in the early hours of December 2, 2018.
But Cameron will plead not guilty to the single charge of unauthorized sexual intercourse, the Downing Center court heard Thursday.
The court has been informed that Cameron has also been hit with a restraining order on behalf of the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Hard-faced Cameron stood in front of a magistrate for several minutes when he learned that he will formally file an innocent plea to a judge next month.
At around the same time this morning, Ms. Smith – his wife and mother of their four-year-old daughter – released the morning news update from Channel Nine’s headquarters in the north of the city, informing the country of the troubled vaccine rollout and chaos. in the nation. Gaza Strip.
Husband and wife: Cameron, 43, and pregnant Mrs. Smith have been married for ten years. She has previously written about how they are forced to pass time because of his broadcasts
Cameron remains out on bail while awaiting trial before a District Court judge at a later date
Cameron was arrested in November, but the fact that he had been charged was not announced by a local news outlet until March.
The Sutherland court has previously heard that prosecutors will allege the alleged sexual assault occurred against a ‘drunk victim’.
According to the St. George Shire leader, police have claimed in court documents that the “prosecution case in this case is extremely strong.”
Prosecutors allege the accused “ made confessions for the crime that were arrested under the appropriate warrant. ”
That will likely be a case for a jury to determine if the case is handled as expected.
Smith had a picture of his family as a background on his phone
Cameron has previously been deployed to Afghanistan, but his current role in the military is unclear
Cameron scrolled through a phone in the court lobby on Thursday – a photo of his family as a screen saver – while waiting for the brief mention.
Cameron was escorted to and from court by three men in suits and his lawyer. He remains out on parole.
Last year, Ms. Smith wrote in a social media post about how she and her daughter were separated from Cameron due to border closures due to the coronavirus.
He was based in Queensland with the military.
“We’re no stranger to distance and separation, but this is unlike any broadcast or work trip we’ve been on,” Ms. Smith wrote.
“The normal life as a military family is tough, life as a MWDU – member with dependent unaccompanied – is more difficult.”
Cameron’s exact role in facing the charges is unclear, as the Department of Defense declines to comment.
“For privacy reasons, Defense does not comment on current or former members of the Australian Defense Force unless the person has given written permission,” said a spokeswoman.
He has previously been deployed to Afghanistan. Cameron is expected to receive a trial date in June.