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Alleged kidnapper fronts court


By Meg Kennedy

A Darley man who allegedly imprisoned, assaulted and repeatedly raped a woman he met online fronted the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court last week.
Robert Wilson appeared emotionless in the dock, dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans, as he appeared before magistrate Johanna Metcalf.
The 32-year-old occasionally glanced around the courtroom and barely spoke during his appearance.
Wilson is alleged to have met a 39-year-old Vietnamese woman via an online dating app, and is accused of keeping her captive in his Darley house between March 25 and 29 of this year.
It is alleged he repeatedly raped and assaulted the woman and asked her if she wanted “to die”.
Mr Wilson’s lawyer told the court the accused had been taking medication for depression and anxiety and requested medical treatment for a spine injury.
Magistrate Metcalf applied an interim intervention order to Wilson, which included conditions that he must not make contact or be within the same vicinity as the alleged victim.
Wilson faces up to seven charges as of his court appearance, including three counts of rape, theft, recklessly causing injury and unlawful imprisonment.
He is due to reappear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 28 June and will remain in custody.