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Man accused of raping his wife, threatening to derail her family's visa application

A man has been accused of raping his wife at their Canberra home before threatening to derail her family's visa application for entry into Australia. 

The 28-year-old man, who cannot be named, is accused of a series of sexual assaults on his wife in October.

The pair were married overseas, but came to Australia, the wife on a partner visa.

The first offence is said to have occurred last month, when he allegedly climbed on top of her as she slept and forced himself on her.

His wife cried and tried to push him away, police allege in court documents.

Later that afternoon, he is accused of walking back into the bedroom and saying "you're a bitch, you are not my wife" and "you are an animal".


Police allege he then threatened to withdraw his support for her family's visa application to enter Australia. 

He is accused of raping her again, asking "why are you crying?", before calling her father and telling him he was leaving his daughter.

The man is accused of raping her again the next morning, slapping her, dragging her by the hair, kicking her, and stomping on her back.

She left the home, despite him refusing to give her keys to the apartment, her bank card, and her passport, police allege in court documents.

She went to police on October 21, and the husband left to Perth.

Police used his mobile phone number to track his location, before confirming he had flown interstate.

He was extradited by ACT Policing from Western Australia, and faced the ACT Magistrates Court for the first time today.

Magistrate Bernadette Boss denied him bail, saying there was a likelihood he would not appear in court and reoffend against the wife.

The man was assisted by an interpreter, and his Legal Aid lawyer argued that bail conditions could manage any risk he posed.

His lawyer argued her client had a rental property in the ACT, did not know where the complainant lived, could abide by reporting conditions, and could be barred from applying for travel documents or approaching any point of departure.

The case will reappear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date. 

Dr Boss described the charges as "very serious" and said the defendant's ties to the ACT were limited. 

Court documents suggest the man came to Australia as a refugee.