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Man acquitted of raping, assaulting wife after an argument about dinner

A Canberra man has been acquitted of raping and assaulting his wife after an argument about dinner.

An ACT Supreme Court jury deliberated for two hours before clearing the 26-year-old of eight charges.

The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence on two other assault charges.

Chief Justice Helen Murrell thanked the jury for their time and discharged the accused.

The wife alleged her husband became angry when she would not cook his dinner in April last year.

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She claimed they argued, he threw items at her before forcibly undressed and raped her. 

He allegedly spat on her, threw a condom in her face, bit and choked her during the attack.

The woman used her husband's phone to text a friend a short time later, a message that roughly translated to: "Please call domestic violence. Please help me."

Police then arrived and took the woman to hospital.

But the defence argued that the sex had been consensual and the woman invented the allegations to secure a special visa to allow her to remain in Australia.

The man, through an interpreter from the witness box, claimed the pair argued after refused to cook her dinner. 

The man said he she slapped him in the back of the head as he had sat playing a computer in the bedroom.

He said she scratched his arm when he grabbed her to stop her and the pair stopped talking.

He claimed they later had consensual sex, something he said was common after they fought.

Defence lawyer Paul Edmonds questioned the woman on whether she had invented the allegations to secure a special Australian visa. 

During the five day trial, the court heard the wife had been waiting for a spousal visa, but wanted to leave her husband.

Her migration agent told her that if she told the Department of Immigration about domestic violence, she could get a special visa.

The woman denied the claims.