Former Ports North govt Alan George Vico jailed for 5 years over rape of Norwegian backpacker

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A District Courtroom trial has discovered a former prime govt responsible of raping a Norwegian backpacker in Far North Queensland.

Alan George Vico was a senior govt of Ports North — a Queensland government-owned company — when he picked up the younger girl as she walked alongside a highway, took her to a motel within the Cairns suburb of Earlville and raped her in September 2018.

The engineering pupil, who was closely intoxicated after a night with buddies in a Cairns nightclub, woke bare the following morning within the room, the place she discovered a $20 observe and a condom wrapper on the desk beside her.

Vico had argued through the week-long trial earlier than Choose Michael Rackemann that the intercourse was consensual.

However the jury discovered Vico responsible after eight hours of deliberation.

He was sentenced to 5 years behind bars.

Vico sighed loudly on listening to the decision and turned to his household, who have been seated within the public gallery all through many of the eight-day trial.

Prosecutor Claudia Georgouras advised the court docket Vico had “proven no regret” or “any perception into his offending”.

The District Courtroom in Cairns heard the girl final recalled being at The Woolshed, earlier than waking up bare in a motel room. (Provided: The Woolshed)

Earlier this week, she had detailed how the girl had been consuming closely with buddies earlier than heading to The Woolshed nightclub in Cairns at 9:30pm, and was later requested to go away by safety guards on account of her stage of intoxication. 

The college trade pupil had an estimated blood alcohol content material of 0.229 when she left the nightclub about 10:22pm.

Ms Georgouras had argued all through the trial that the girl did “not have the cognisant potential to present consent”. 

“She did not know what metropolis she was in,” Ms Georgouras stated.

“She did not know the place her buddies have been, she could not have an intelligible dialog.”

Defence barrister Harvey Walters had argued his consumer “actually and fairly believed she was consenting” to intercourse.

He stated his consumer used his full title, bank card and residential deal with when checking in to the motel room as a result of he “did not have something to cover”.

He additionally advised the jury that Mr Vico may have “received out of the automotive and brought her into the darkish if he needed to rape her”.

“He may take her to a distant seaside,” Mr Walters stated.

Vico was sentenced to 5 years in jail and can be eligible for parole in 2024. 

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