Man on rape and torture charges

ATTEMPTED murder, rape and torture are just some of the shocking allegations Mackay police have made against a man.

The 44-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, made his first appearance in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

He had been arrested and charged by Mackay police on Thursday.

The man faced a total of 74 offences, which were alleged to have been committed in the Mackay district between 2002 and this year.

The charges included attempted murder, rape, torture, six counts of indecent treatment of children under 16, threatening violence, deprivation of liberty, grievous bodily harm, dangerous operation of a vehicle, 27 counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, 19 counts of common assault, assault with intent to commit rape and leaving a child unattended.

The court was closed while Magistrate Damien Dwyer read out all the charges.

Prosecutor James Grehan tendered an objection to a bail application being made by Legal Aid Queensland defence solicitor Kristy Doyle.

Mr Grehan said the man was in a "show cause situation" because it was alleged that weapons had been involved.

The court was told the accused had no criminal history.

The man's mother was in court to offer support.

Mr Dwyer adjourned the bail application to next Friday so further medical material could be provided in relation to matters raised in the objection to bail.

However, Ms Doyle was given liberty to bring on the matter should she receive the material at an earlier date.

The accused man was remanded in custody.


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