Rape accused said mother-in-law 'jumped' on him in bed

A MAN accused of raping, assaulting and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law has testified in court that the woman "jumped" on him when they were staying in a motel together.

The Mackay region man, who can't be named for legal reasons, is facing the District Court in Mackay accused of committing the crimes between December, 2003 and January, 2007.

Crown prosecutor Melanie Franklin had said that on one night, the family had travelled to another city for work. The man's wife had to return Mackay and her husband and mother were to stay on at the motel for two nights.

She said that the mother-in-law had been sleeping on the couch, and had woken to find the man digitally raping her.

The man said that in fact he had woken when the woman "jumped" on his bed with her breasts exposed. He said he'd pushed her off and asked her to stop.

The man testified that in the past, the woman had grabbed his crotch, his backside and kissed him on the lips, which had made him "very uncomfortable".

Defence barrister Scott McLennan asked whether the man had ever been "mesmerised" by the woman's body. He replied that she was a grandmother in her 60s, "so certainly not".

The man said his mother-in-law's behaviour had caused him to have an emotional breakdown.

A woman who worked with the man and his mother-in-law testified that on one day she had seen the man pull down the woman's strapless dress, exposing her breasts.

She said that the man and his brother had laughed.

The man's brother also testified. When asked if the incident had occurred, he replied, "absolutely not".

On questioning from Mr McLennan, the man on trial said he'd separated from his wife in June 2014.

Mr McLennan told the court that the break-up between the man and his ex-wife had become "acrimonious".

The ex-wife testified that the man and his mother-in-law had returned from the other city a day early.

She said her then-husband had called her during the trip. He'd been "angry" and asked her to pick her up because he was "sick of the old (expletive)".

The woman said that at one time her then-husband had assaulted her father and he had been hospitalised.

She said it was about this time, in March 2005, when her mother had told her over the phone that the man had tried to rape her in the other city. The mother-in-law told the woman that the man had been getting "sicker and sicker".

On questioning by Mr McLennan, the woman agreed that her father had been in hospitalised for a heart condition. She said it had been caused by an assault.

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