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Sydney man gets court date over alleged Facebook rape threats

13:46 Mar 15 2016 Sydney NSW, Australia

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A Sydney man who allegedly made explicit rape threats on Facebook has had a hearing date set in a case described as a test of both legal and police responses to the online harassment of women.

The 25 year old man was charged in late October with using a carriage service to menace after allegedly threatening rape in comments posted on Facebook in August.

His legal representative pleaded not guilty on his behalf at the Newtown local court in mid-January.

The offence of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence covers harassment carried out online or over the phone, and carries a maximum jail sentence of three years.
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