Date went beyond ‘rough sex’, court hears
A Melbourne man who allegedly choked and raped two women he met on Tinder claimed it was consensual "erotic asphyxiation" during his bail hearing.
Berwick man Brett Taylor met the first woman on the dating app and they went on a date to a pub at Drouin, in the state's east, in October 2018.
But the 19-year-old woman felt "pressured" to get into Mr Taylor's car because he'd bought her pizza for dinner, the Supreme Court was told on Friday.
"I felt that I owed him something so I told him we could kiss in his car," the woman told police in her statement.
She repeatedly told Mr Taylor she was not going to have sex with him and it was a date, prosecutor Brett Sonnet said.
Police allege the computer science student then raped and choked her in the back seat of the car. But Mr Taylor's lawyers argue it was consensual.
The woman told her grandmother and another friend the date went well, defence barrister Pardeep Tiwana told the court.
But the court heard that after initially telling a friend Mr Taylor was a "nice guy" the woman later confided the sex wasn't consensual.
When her friend told her to go to the police the woman replied: "He did not rape me."
"That conversation happened when she was trying to process what happened (to her)," Mr Sonnet said.
Police allege a second 18-year-old woman was raped after Mr Taylor showed up to a house party at student accommodation at Burwood.
Mr Taylor will argue the sex was consensual.
Prosecutors told the court the victim was "quite shocked" when he showed up to the party with a backpack and she found him rude.
The woman was allegedly raped in her bed while coming in and out of consciousness, the court was told.
"It perhaps goes further than rough sex; it's choking the victim so she's unable to respond. She's being forced to submit to the sexual activity because she's in a chokehold," Mr Sonnet told the court.
But Mr Taylor's lawyer argued it was "erotic asphyxiation" and the issue was around consent.
"He accepted the act of putting his hand around the necks and he indicated it was part of the
sexual act and was wholly consensual. And as I understand it, it's sometimes referred to as 'erotic asphyxiation'," Mr Tiwana said.
Mr Tiwana said the 25-year-old should be released on bail because he had no prior criminal history, there would a significant delay before the trial and the case against Mr Taylor wasn't strong.
Prosecutors opposed bail because Taylor told police he was "in contact with hundreds of girls" on Tinder.
Mr Taylor has been charged with two counts of common assault and four counts of rape.
The bail decision will be handed down next week by Justice Paul Coghlan.
*For 24-hour sexual violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.
Originally published as Date went beyond 'rough sex', court hears