Officer faces court
A committal hearing was held at the Wangaratta Magistrates Court yesterday where charges by an unidentified 30 year old woman of alleged rape were heard against Wangaratta Police Officer Luke Hawking.
The incident which allegedly occurred in February is for multiple charges which are inclusive of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault.
The evidence was brought against him by the woman from a remote location in order to avoid visual contact.
The Prosecutor was quoted in the Border Mail as saying " Complainants giving evidence where there are allegations of sexual assault are difficult ”
The hearing is expected to run over four days.
Hawking is currently suspended without pay.