Australia Rape charge rider got partner to stalk alleged victim, court papers say

13:42  22 may  2020
13:42  22 may  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Callum Buczak and girlfriend Alexandra McDonough leave Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.  Photo by Erin Pearson?? © Erin Pearson Callum Buczak and girlfriend Alexandra McDonough leave Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. Photo by Erin Pearson??

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A professional equestrian competitor charged with the rape of a fellow rider is accused of encouraging his girlfriend and others to harass his alleged victim, screenshotting her Instagram account and sharing her travel plans, court documents show.

Pakenham Upper man Callum Buczak, 28, is set to face trial next year for the alleged rape of a woman in Frankston in February 2019.

This week Mr Buczak, his girlfriend, Alexandra McDonough, 29, and two others were served with new charges following a year-long sex crimes investigation into allegations of harassment against the woman he allegedly raped.

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Court documents released to The Age on Friday show police allege Ms McDonough "surreptitiously" traced the victim's online activity and sent it to Mr Buczak to cause the victim "self harm" or to fear for her safety, between February 2019 and March 2020.

Mr Buczak, who is facing 12 new charges, was on bail for the alleged rape when much of the alleged harassment took place but police have not moved to revoke his bail.

The fresh charges include allegations he encouraged Ms McDonough to trace the online activity of his alleged victim and send him the woman's travel plans between February and December 2019.

Police also allege he searched for and photographed the victim's graduation schedule to cause the woman self-harm.

He's also charged with encouraging others to send the woman offensive and harassing messages throughout 2019.

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Documents released to The Age reveal Mr Buczak is charged with assisting his girlfriend to provide false statements to two magistrates courts to pervert the course of justice, lying under affirmation at court, knowingly omitting information when questioned by a magistrate and falsely declaring that demands were made for equestrian retailer Horseland to withdraw their sponsorship of him.

The couple didn't appear in court for Friday's matter but arrived hours later for administrative reasons.

During the brief hearing, Mr Buczak's barrister Damian Sheales said "some of these charges are frankly absurd".

Both Mr Buczak and Ms McDonough are on bail.

A 24-year-old Belgrave woman and a 24-year-old Clyde man have also both been charged with stalking and other offences against the same victim, allegedly committed between March and April 2019.

The pair are set to face Dandenong Magistrates Court on August 3.

While the alleged rape did not happen at an official equestrian event, Equestrian Australia have suspended Mr Buczak's membership.

The 28-year-old continues to run a popular equestrian eventing business.

Mr Buczak and Ms McDonough are set to return to court on July 31 for a committal mention.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or beyondblue 1300 224 636.

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