Sacked St Kilda player Andrew Lovett to stand trial over alleged rape
August 11, 2010 - 2:51PM
Lovett to stand trial for rape
Sacked St Kilda player Andrew Lovett has been committed to stand trial on two rape charges.
Sacked St Kilda footballer Andrew Lovett has been committed to stand trial on two rape charges.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic said this afternoon that there was evidence of sufficient weight on which Lovett should face trial.
Lovett is charged with twice raping a woman at the Port Melbourne apartment of his then teammates Jason Gram and Sam Fisher last Christmas Eve.
Andrew Lovett. Photo: Craig Abraham
The 27-year-old, now of Western Australia, has been released on bail for a directions hearing next month.
Earlier the pre-trial committal hearing heard Lovett told St Kilda club manager Greg Hutchinson he didn’t have to rape women because he could get ‘‘whatever chicks I want’’.
Mr Hutchinson told the court today he went to Lovett's house a few hours after the alleged rape.
He said Lovett told him the sex was consensual, but that the complainant may have thought he was Jason Gram.
‘‘He also said: ‘I can get whatever chicks I want, I don’t have to rape anyone, you know me Hutchy, I wouldn’t do that,’’ Mr Hutchinson said in a statement tendered in court.
The complainant and a friend, who cannot be identified, had earlier met Gram and Lovett at the Royal Saxon hotel in Richmond.
Lovett and Gram later took the two women back to Gram’s apartment.
Gram and alleged victim's friend had put the complainant to bed because she was drunk.
Andrew McQualter earlier told the court Lovett was affected by alcohol while they were drinking at the hotel.
‘‘He was drunk,’’ McQualter said.
‘‘I saw him drinking throughout the night and his behaviour changed a little bit ... a little bit louder.’’
McQualter, who had not been drinking that night, said that later in the night when he went to Gram's apartment, he saw the complainant sitting on the ground and crying near the apartment entrance.
McQualter testified that he heard the woman tell Gram: “I was asleep and I woke up with him f---ing the shit out of me, I didn't even know who it was”.
McQualter said Gram and the woman then hugged and she said: "I thought it was you".
Under cross-examination from Lovett's defence counsel, David Grace QC, McQualter said he assumed that Lovett had raped the woman.
When asked what led him to believe the woman had been raped, McQualter told the court: “I think the fact she said she was asleep and she woke up to him f---ing the shit out her."
McQualter said that he then went upstairs and confronted Lovett and asked him, “What the f--- have you done?”
McQualter said he shouted at Lovett and told him to “f--- off, we don't want you, f--- off, get out of here”.
Another player, Adam Schneider, agreed that McQualter had said to Lovett that he wasn’t wanted at the club.
Schneider alleged Lovett replied to McQualter ‘‘f... youse. F... St Kilda’’.
Schneider told the court he told McQualter to calm down.
The court heard Schneider told McQualter: “Hey, there's two sides to every story”.
Fellow player Adam Pattison told the court that Lovett said to the group of players on the balcony “f--- this, I’m not copping this, f--- St Kilda”.
Lovett faces one count of rape and one count of digital rape.
Under cross-examination Detective Senior Constable Brendan Payne said the alleged victim was unable to say who she believed had digitally penetrated her but Lovett had volunteered that he had before police had thought to ask him about that.
One witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, remains to testify in the case.
The hearing, before Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic, continues.
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