A former refugee who allegedly raped a woman he met on Tinder has been granted bail. It’s alleged the Brisbane man raped the woman last week after meeting her online on Tinder and dating site Plenty of Fish.
He has been charged with four counts of rape, all relating to the same incident.
Police opposed a bail request from the man, a political refugee from the Middle East who spent two years on Christmas Island before arriving in Australia, on the grounds he was not an Australian citizen and could be a flight risk.
But defence lawyer Nic Tobin told Brisbane Magistrates Court the 26-year-old man was a permanent resident and was employed.
He also said the four counts of rape against the man related to a “relatively tenuous consent issue case”.
“Consent will be a real, live issue in this case,” he said.
Magistrate Bronwyn Springer granted the man bail and ordered he undergo a disease test.
But she decided against imposing a condition that he not access dating sites and apps like Tinder on the grounds that such orders were often “problematic” and because there was no evidence the man had committed any other offences linked to similar sites.
The case was adjourned until August 15.