Witnesses for the rape court case could be asked to be cross-examined.
Witnesses for the rape court case could be asked to be cross-examined.

Alleged Burnett rapist's case moves forward

WITNESSES of a rape court case, including a deceptive recruiting for labour charge, could be brought forward to be cross-examined.

The South Burnett man's bail was enlarged again during Kingaroy Magistrate Court on July 8, as legal representatives negotiated the date for the application.

The man, who can't be named for legal reasons, is charged with two counts of rape, one charge of sexual assault and a charge of the deceptive recruiting for labour or services, with the provision of sexual services.

Defence lawyer Andrew Kelly was in favour of the cross-examination of the witnesses.

Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the defence had not given enough reason.

"Defence have not given substantial reasons why in the interest of justice, witnesses need to be cross-examined," he said.

The defendant is also charged with possessing dangerous drugs, failing to securely store weapons as a registered owner and possessing explosives.

An application to cross-examine the witnesses in the case will be considered in Kingaroy Court on August 22.