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Thorburn Applies For Judge-Only Trial After Rape Charge

Lawyers for Queensland man Rick Thorburn have applied to have a judge-only trial for his charge of raping a girl under 12.

In addition to that charge, Thorburn is facing a charge of attempting to rape another girl aged under 12, as well as seven indecent assault charges allegedly relating to incidents between July 2015 to April 2016.

It's alleged the 57-year-old assaulted the girl while working at a daycare centre south of Brisbane.

His lawyers argued in the Beenleigh District Court on Thursday he would not be able to get a fair trial with a jury and should face a judge-only trial.

Prosecutors submitted juries should be able to focus on the facts of the trial to form a verdict.

They conceded that moving the trial to the Brisbane District Court could "dilute" the pool of potentially compromised jurors.

Justice Craig Chowdhury reserved his decision on the matter.

AAP

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