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Qld man fights massage rape accusations

Two women were expecting to receive a professional massage when they arrived at the home of a man they met on the dating app Tinder, a Brisbane court has been told.

Philip David Turner, 42, a professional therapist, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault relating to two separate incidents in late 2019 and early 2020.

The women are connected to one another only by their association with Turner, who they both met face-to-face for the first time on the date of their alleged assaults.

“Both of them went to that house at the defendant’s invitation, so that he could give them a massage,” crown prosecutor Edward Coker told the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.

“They expected it to be a professional, normal massage and each of them will tell you that they did not consent to any sexual contact with the defendant,” he said.

“That is not how things played out for either of them.”

After partially undressing “as one does”, Turner began the massages before removing their underwear, Mr Coker said.

The rape allegations refer to digital penetration in the moments that followed.

Sexual contact between Turner and the two women “is not disputed” his lawyer Kim Bryson said.

“However, Philip Turner denies committing the offences of rape and sexual assault,” she said

“He honestly and reasonably believed that (both women) were willing participants.”

Among the evidence expected throughout the three-day trial is a series of text messages between one of the women and Turner after the alleged incident.

Messages and a phone conversation between the second woman and her sister-in-law are also expected to be detailed to the jury.

Turner has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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