Brittany Higgins: ‘No evidence’ to back former Liberal staffer rape story, defence says

Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers will complete their closing argument in the high profile rape trial on Wednesday morning.

Mr Lehrmann is accused of raping Brittany Higgins in Linda Reynolds’ ministerial office at Parliament House after drinking with work colleagues in March 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without her consent and being reckless to her consent.

On Tuesday, closing arguments began after the prosecution completed its case and the jury heard from 29 witnesses.

ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold told the jury Ms Higgins had been a credible witness who “did not falter” in her evidence.

But defence counsel Steve Whybrow claimed Ms Higgins “doesn’t know what happened” on the night in question.

“Is there a reasonable possibility this complaint is being made because her ‘dream job’ is, from her perspective, in jeopardy?” he said.

Mr Whybrow told the jury that in the absence of evidence, DNA or medical tests, they could not find Mr Lehrmann guilty.

“No DNA, no evidence. She is someone who is unreliable. Are you satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt?” he told the jury on Tuesday.

The trial continues.

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