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A man accused of raping a Sydney fashion designer in the toilets at Sydney’s Ivy club has been ordered to stand trial.


Christopher Scott Corben, 31, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assault without consent over the alleged incident in October 2009.

During a committal hearing last week the designer, who cannot be identified, said a stranger followed her into a cubicle of the unisex bathrooms, pulled her hair and held her arms during the alleged attack.

“He didn’t want to leave the bathroom until he had his way with me,” she said.

The designer said the man “used his body strength to undress me … and I must say I surrendered a bit because I feared for my life”.

Under cross examination on another day of the hearing last week, the designer said she was tipsy after drinking vodka sodas.

Corben’s defence lawyer, Winston Terracini SC accused the woman of putting on a ruse with her inability to recall what the man in the cubicle looked like, or whether or not he was naked.

“It’s a cock-and-bull story,” he said.

“If you were tipsy you would not lose your memory.”

The defence maintains the woman and the accused walked down the stairs together into the unisex toilet area.

But prosecutor Fiona Rowbotham insisted the woman walked down the stairs alone, with the man following her from a distance before he pushed his way into the cubicle.

Corben will appear in Downing Centre District Court next month.

smh.com.au and AAP


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