An Indian-origin cabbie, accused of raping a female passenger, today pleaded not guilty after he was ordered to stand trial at the conclusion of a three-day hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
21-year-old Rajveer Singh has been accused of picking up the woman in his taxi outside the Corner Hotel in inner-city Richmond on November 21 last year. He later raped the 40-year-old woman in Northcote, it is alleged.
Singh pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Peter Reardon. He was released on bail, the Age reported.
Magistrate Reardon ordered Singh face the Victorian County Court for a directions hearing on October 26, it said.
His trial is expected to commence in June next year.
In a statement to the court, the woman said she was drunk and had gone into "auto" mode in the cab and had no memory of what happened.
The woman's teenage son opened the door of their home in the middle of the night to find her half naked, drunk, disorientated and saying she had been raped, the court heard this week.
The boy told the court as he opened the door he saw a taxi driver speed away. His mother had no pants on, he said.
He later heard a friend of his mother's ask her on speaker phone if she had been sexually abused, the mother replied: "Yeah", the court heard.