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Gold Coast 'spiritual healer' charged with rape



A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has been charged for allegedly drugging, raping and sexually assaulting women over four months on the Gold Coast.

Police said a 21-year-old woman and 23-year-old woman took part in what was meant to be a spiritual healing ceremony at the 50-year-old man's Southport apartment about 10pm on January 6.

"It will be alleged that a 50-year-old man administered the women with stupefying and hallucinogenic substances causing them to lose consciousness," Queensland Police said.

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"It will further be alleged that the man then raped and assaulted the 23-year-old, resulting in neck and facial injuries."

The 21-year-old called police and the man was arrested about 3.30am on January 7.

Police also charged the man in relation to alleged dealings with two other women last year after subsequent investigations.

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Officers said a 21-year-old woman was allegedly stupefied and raped on September 19, while a 22-year-old was allegedly stupefied and sexually assaulted on October 15.

The man has now been charged with four counts of stupefying in order to commit indictable offence, two counts each of rape, sexual assault and supplying dangerous drugs and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm and contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically.

He appeared at the Southport Magistrates Court today, where he was refused bail and remanded in custody until March 14.

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