Brisbane nurse accused of raping 21 women

A suspended Queensland nurse who allegedly dosed women with sedatives and sexually assaulted them is to face court on 135 charges.

Dec 09, 2020, updated Dec 09, 2020
Brisbane Magistrates Court. (Photo: ABC)

Brisbane Magistrates Court. (Photo: ABC)

The nurse, who allegedly drugged women he met on a dating app before sexually assaulting them, is set to face court charged with raping more than 20 women.

Police have continued their investigations since the 30-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in a Brisbane court on 10 charges in August.

Police appealed at the time for anyone with information to come forward, saying the investigation was ongoing as video depicting other women was found on a phone at the man’s Brisbane city apartment.

He is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday on 135 charges, including 45 counts of rape allegedly involving 21 women.

But police have appealed again for more women to come forward saying they believe there may be more victims.

The man’s registration as a health practitioner was suspended by the Health Ombudsman about two weeks after his court appearance in August.

Earlier police alleged a woman in her early 20s met the man at a Mary Street apartment where she was assaulted after being administered a stupefying drug.

“She participated in a drink with that man and whilst at the apartment the behaviour that is the subject of the charges is alleged to have taken place,” Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming told reporters in August.

“There was an impact on her consciousness and after she was able to gather her wits she left and subsequently received some assistance from her family and also a GP.”

The woman later made a complaint to police.

The court heard police believe the sedatives the man used came from the southeast Queensland hospital where he worked.

He was denied bail during his first appearance with magistrate Anthony Gett saying his position as a registered nurse was concerning.

“It would seem … he has knowledge and training with those drugs said to be the administered stupefying drugs,” he said.

Gett told the court he also had concerns about the method and nature of the alleged offences.
“The allegations concern a level of deliberateness and planning,” he added.

The court heard police seized phones and a computer in August to look for evidence as the man used social media platforms like Tinder and Snapchat to meet women.

Gett said a police officer’s affidavit provided some detail about the manner in which the alleged offences had occurred.

“There is allegations of sexual predation, particularly in relation to the administering of stupefying drugs.”

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