New trial date set for Bruce Lehrmann

The delayed trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who is charged with allegedly raping Brittany Higgins, will now happen in October.

Former ministerial staffer Lehrmann is facing one charge of sexual intercourse without consent, relating to an alleged incident in Parliament House in 2019.

Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann will now face trial in October.

His trial in the ACT Supreme Court was supposed to start on June 27 but was delayed on Tuesday amid a fresh round of public commentary after Network 10 journalist Lisa Wilkinson won a Logie award for her interview with Higgins about the allegations.

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum said on Tuesday she made the decision to delay the trial “regrettably and with gritted teeth” because “somewhere in this debate, the distinction between an untested allegation and the fact of guilt has been lost” and there needed to be time for the intense interest in the patter to dissipate.

On Thursday, the court decided the trial should start on October 4.

More to come.

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