NSW man pleads not guilty to spiking woman's drink at Civic bar
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NSW man pleads not guilty to spiking woman's drink at Civic bar

A NSW man will fight an allegation he spiked a woman's drink with a sleeping tablet at a bar in inner-city Canberra.

Juswan Mokmargana, 45, was charged last month with using Stilnox to poison a person with intent to cause discomfort.

Juswan Mokmargana, 45, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in May.

Juswan Mokmargana, 45, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in May.

Photo: Megan Gorrey

Police previously said in a statement the woman noticed a strange substance in her glass and started to feel sick on the night of Saturday, April 9.

She allegedly told staff at the Civic bar, who reviewed CCTV footage and phoned police shortly before 10pm.

The woman was taken to Canberra Hospital for a medical examination.

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Police said Mokmargana was taken to the ACT watchhouse and later charged.

He faced the ACT Magistrates Court for the first time last month, where he sought an adjournment to seek legal advice.

Defence lawyer Paul Edmonds entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf when Mokmargana appeared in court again on Tuesday.

The court heard the matter would return to court in July to allow a brief of evidence to be prepared.

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No further details of the alleged incident have been aired in court and a police statement of facts has not been tendered.

Mokmargana's case has been set down for hearing in August. His bail was continued.

Megan Gorrey is a reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a reporter at The Canberra Times.

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