Aged care worker faces trial for sexual assault

AN AGED care worker has been committed to stand trial for the alleged rape and sexual assault of two female residents.

A jury will now determine whether TriCare nurse John Alfred Lawrence is guilty of the charges against him which involve three counts of rape and one charge of sexual assault.

During a two-day committal hearing in Bundaberg Magistrates Court, the court heard from a range of witnesses, including other TriCare workers.

It is alleged Lawrence had been rough when showering one elderly resident - who has since died - and also sexually assaulted her.

Another resident has also claimed he touched her genitals underneath the sheets as she was lying in her bed.

Lawrence's legal team argued yesterday the statements given by the two residents were inadmissible.

It was claimed the reliability was questionable as the pair was unable to give evidence in court due to one being deceased and the other being incapable of giving evidence.

But magistrate Deb Vasta said it was up to a higher court to decide.

"I think there is enough evidence to put him on trial," she said.

"I find there is a case to answer."

Lawrence will stand trial in the Bundaberg District Court at a later date.

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