13 October 2022

Brittany Higgins expected to return to Bruce Lehrmann's trial on Friday

| Albert McKnight
Brittany Higgins leaving court

Brittany Higgins (right) alleges she was raped at Parliament House. Photo: Albert McKnight.

CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses an alleged sexual assault.

Public reporting of the trial of Bruce Lehrmann is expected to resume on Friday (14 October) when Brittany Higgins will likely return to court to continue giving evidence.

The ACT Supreme Court trial, in which 27-year-old Mr Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual intercourse without consent, began earlier this month.

After starting to give her evidence, jurors heard Ms Higgins was “unavailable” on Monday (10 October).

Witnesses continued to give evidence in her absence, but a non-publication order means that what has been said in court cannot be reported until Ms Higgins finishes being cross-examined.

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On Wednesday (12 October), Chief Justice Lucy McCallum told the jury that Ms Higgins would likely resume her evidence on Friday and the trial would continue with other witnesses in the meantime.

Mr Lehrmann is accused of raping Ms Higgins in Parliament House on 23 March 2019.

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