Tradie, 29, accused of raping two women after meeting them on Tinder is granted strict bail
- Joshua Rini, 29, allegedly raped two women on separate occasions in Sydney
- Rini will claim sexual intercourse with both women was consensual, court told
- The tradie was granted bail but must report three times a week to the police
A man who allegedly raped two women on separate occasions in Sydney after meeting them on dating site Tinder has been granted strict conditional bail.
In May and December last year Joshua Rini allegedly ‘continued and forced sexual intercourse’ on two women ‘after they declined to participate in that activity’, according to magistrate Clare Farnan.
Rini surrendered himself to Surry Hills Police Station after a friend told him he had seen a warrant out for his arrest on Crime Stoppers.
Joshua Rini allegedly raped two women on separate occasions in Sydney after meeting them on dating site Tinder
Defence lawyer Richard Cummins argued Rini – who appeared via video link in Central Local Court on Thursday – was going about his life as a carpenter and had been oblivious to the charges.
He said Rini would be arguing that the sexual intercourse with both women was consensual.
The prosecution opposed his bail application, saying Rini is not an Australian citizen and might fail to reappear, and pointed to the serious nature of the charges which come with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
‘Your Honour these are very serious offences … It’s not one, it’s two over a course of time,’ Sally Little told the court.
But Mr Cummins said Rini was not a flight risk as his passport had been cancelled, and he would not be contacting his former Tinder dates and alleged victims.
In granting Rini bail, Ms Farnan imposed strict conditions including reporting to police three times a week from his cousin’s Bondi Junction residence.
Rini will only be able to use one mobile phone which police will have free access too, and he is ‘not to use any dating application or service on any platform whatsoever’.
The matter is due to appear in the Downing Centre on September 22.