The man accused of r*ping Brittany Higgins in a federal minister’s office is on trial.
Bruce Lehrmann, 26, pleaded not guilty in Parliament on March 23, 2019, to having s*x without consent.
On Friday, prosecutors and Lehrmann’s lawyer decided to skip the prison trial to expedite the process towards the ACT Supreme Court trial.
Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of r*ping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, will face the ACT Supreme Court later this month. https://t.co/EcvZ0RXURh
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Lehrmann again refused to appear before the ACT district court.
Instead, he decided to appear on the phone for the second consecutive time.
“Hi, Bruce is talking,” he told Judge Robert Cook.
In September, the court heard that a teacher was in Queensland.
He is accused of r*ping Higgins in the office of then Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds.
He asked his legal team, attorney John Korn and his son Warwick Korn, to plead not guilty.
John Korn asked for more time last month when he received a file containing information he shouldn’t have had access to.
He was given a three-week postponement to give him time to review another version of the briefing.
The Lehrmann case is expected to go before the ACT Supreme Court on November 18th.