Yachtie denies raping hired help

A YACHTSMAN who is accused of repeatedly raping a young woman aboard his vessel while it travelled up the Queensland coast during the 1980s has emphatically denied the allegations.

John Collins, 77, gave evidence at his trial yesterday in the Brisbane District Court, claiming he was in a relationship with the young woman he met a week earlier and their sexual encounters were consensual.

Defence barrister Callan Cassidy later told the jury during his closing argument the young woman's credibility would play a huge role in its eventual decision.

"She has said one thing on one occasion and another thing on another occasion," he said.

"It is utterly illogical and implausible to believe the things this woman says happened.

"Her evidence, under oath, was seriously flawed."

Crown prosecutor David Nardone told the jury during his closing address the woman's version of events had never wavered.

"She presented as a normal person who gave an honest account of events that happened to her more than 25 years ago," he said.

"What she detailed to you in court were very real events that occurred to her."

Mr Collins pleaded not guilty earlier this week to rape and sexual assault stemming from his alleged interactions with the woman in 1986 aboard his yacht while it travelled from the Sunshine Coast to Hamilton Island.

The young woman, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, had met Mr Collins after responding to a job advertised in the Sunshine Coast Daily for a position aboard his yacht.

The advertisement promised an adventure on the high seas in return for some help with minor duties and company aboard the yacht.

Judge Julie Dick is expected to give her directions to the jury this morning before it retires to consider its verdict.


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