Sex adventure turned to torture in handcuffs, court told

January 21, 2008 - 4:08PM
A soldier thought he was in for a night of sexual adventure when he let a Perth teenager handcuff him but was instead assaulted by the girl who believed he had wronged her, a court was told.

Nicola Clunies-Ross went on trial in the West Australian District Court today accused of luring her Darwin-based soldier lover to her East Perth home on October 28, 2006, when they were both 19, and tricking him into being restrained.

She has pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, aggravated sexual penetration without consent and deprivation of liberty.

Prosecutor Amanda Burrows told the jury today Clunies-Ross believed her lover had wronged her and was lying about an ex-girlfriend.

So Clunies-Ross lured him to her flat, told him she had "a surprise for him", ordered him to strip and handcuffed him to a wooden chair.

"He consented to being constrained at that point in time. He thought he was in for a night of sexual adventure," Ms Burrows said.

But instead a champagne-sipping Clunies-Ross smiled at the man and told him "I am going to destroy you", Ms Burrows said.

Then her longer-term boyfriend, also a 19-year-old Darwin-based soldier, arrived with a big vibrator which she allegedly used on her victim in a one hour ordeal.

The court was told the long-term boyfriend took photos and short videos of the attack and threatened to publish them on an Army computer hard drive, accessible to all soldiers, if he did not do what he was told.

Ms Burrows said the man fled in a taxi after being released. He reported the assault to police in Darwin after seeking advice from a senior officer.

The trial, set down for four days, continues.

Clunies-Ross' family was granted the Cocos Islands, in the Indian Ocean, about 2,700km northwest of Perth, by Queen Victoria in 1886 after Captain John Clunies-Ross, a Scottish trader, landed on the islands in 1825.

The Australian government bought the islands from the family in 1978.