A woman who claims she was raped by an Olympic hopeful on the night he dumped her secretly recorded the entire event.
Melbourne Equestrian champion Callum Buczak, 28, had been destined for Tokyo when he ditched the young rider and hooked-up with another one – Alexandra McDonough.
McDonough, 29, of Dromana, is also facing a series of charges amid claims she tried to intimidate and stalk Buczak’s alleged victim in the weeks before and following the alleged sex attack.
Callum Buczak was an Olympic hopeful. Pictured here with new partner Alexandra McDonough
Alexandra McDonough hooked up with Callum Buczak shortly after he broke up with his alleged rape victim
Alexandra McDonough and would-be Olympian rider Callum Buczak in a photo posted on social media
On Tuesday, Buczak’s barrister Damian Sheales told a preliminary hearing into the stalking matters that the alleged victim had taken audio of their entire encounter.
The respected barrister has accused the woman of carrying out a vendetta against his client and his new girlfriend after she was unceremoniously dumped.
‘The complainant secretly tape recorded the entire evening and my client didn’t know he was being tape recorded,’ Mr Sheales told the court.
Police allege the rape happened on a property at Frankston on February 28, 2019 with Buczak charged after a five-month Victoria Police sex crimes investigation.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will proceed to trial sometime next year.
He is also contesting a series of related stalking charges, which are the reason for this week’s committal hearing.
Mr Sheales – who is already subject to an official complaint from the victim’s father to the Victorian judicial watchdog – has accused the victim of ‘waging war’ against the couple aided by both her father and a Victoria Police detective.
On Tuesday, he told the court the alleged victim had falsely claimed McDonough had attempted to run her over.
‘She went to police complaining that when she was out jogging Alex McDonough tried to run her down,’ Mr Sheales said.
The court heard the alleged victim claimed she had identified McDonough, whom had an Italian Greyhound on her lap as she tried to run her down.
‘The only problem was Alex McDonough was 300 kilometres away and had a full alibi that no-one disputed,’ Mr Sheales said.
‘We say its just lie after lie after lie … we say these allegations are false. They are false motivated by her desire for vengeance and other matters involving Victoria Police and the courts where she’s made false allegations are motivated by the same thing.’
Alexandra McDonough is accused of helping her boyfriend Callum Buczak intimidate a woman who alleges he raped her
Alexandra McDonough laughs with Callum Buczak as they approach the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in May
On Tuesday, the alleged victim’s father continued to be cross-examined by Mr Sheales, who branded him a liar.
The protective father has been accused of ‘doing his daughter’s bidding’ by helping her destroy the Equestrian careers of Buczak and McDonough.
The court heard the victim’s father had a heated exchange with a representative of Equestrian Australia after he learned it would not dump Buczak from a competition to allow his daughter to volunteer at the same event.
The alleged victim had taken out an intervention order against Buczak shortly before the event.
The court heard the doting dad told the representative the decision would hamper her career aspirations as a specialist vet.
The representative later told police the father told her he wanted to beat Buczak up – a claim he denied.
Mr Sheales has accused the dad – who works as reporter on a trade rag – of using his supposed media influence to ‘blackmail’ Equestrian Australia, Buczak’s sponsors and other media outlets to push his daughter’s vendetta.
‘Your purpose in ringing was to damage Callum Buczak,’ Mr Sheales said.
The man denied all of Mr Sheales’ allegations.
‘My purpose was to protect my daughter,’ he said.
Alexandra McDonough (right) faces a series of stalking charges related to her boyfriend Callum Buczak
Alexandra McDonough, 29, of Dromana, is the long-time girlfriend of would-be Olympian rider Callum Buczak, 28, and a champion rider in her own right
The court has heard Buczak claims his alleged victim turned on him after he broke up with her the very same night he had consensual sex with her.
‘There was no rape, it was consensual,’ Mr Sheales said.
‘He goes to her place to split up … the rape allegedly occurs that night.’
The court heard Buczak immediately cut-off all contact with his alleged victim, which infuriated her.
‘They haven’t split-up obviously in her mind,’ Mr Sheales said. ‘He blocks her on leaving there and she’s texting him … and then it’s just a vendetta. We say it’s just vengeance.’
Mr Sheales told the court the alleged victim had made calculated steps to destroy his client, including using both police and her father.
‘They’re all calculated of her taking her revenge on him,’ Mr Sheales said.
Police allege McDonough became embroiled in the ugly aftermath of the alleged rape between February 14 and March 2, 2019.
Detectives allege she stalked the victim by using several Instagram profiles to ‘surreptitiously trace (her) online activity’.
Police further claimed Buczak’s girlfriend sent the information she had compiled back to him ‘with the intention of causing mental harm to the victim including self-harm, or of arousing apprehension or fear in the victim for her own safety or safety of another person’.
McDonough, who denies the offending, faces a swag of charges for allegations she perverted the course of justice and stalked the victim.
Among the allegations is a claim she provided a magistrate with false information during an intervention order application taken out against her by the woman.
Police also claim McDonough dishonestly reported that she had been assaulted by the victim and interfered with a civil proceeding against her boyfriend.
Detectives claim Buczak was behind his girlfriend’s alleged offending and had encouraged her to do his bidding.
Alexandra McDonough, 29, of Dromana, walks hand-in-hand into a Melbourne court in May last year with her long-time boyfriend Callum Buczak, 28, who is an accused of raoe
Callum Buczak is a champion equestrian rider and an accused rapist
Alexandra McDonough remains committed to Callum Buczak, who has been accused of raping a woman last year
Court documents state McDonough sent Buczak screen shots of his alleged victim’s online activity and he encouraged her to send him information on the woman’s travel plans.
At one stage, he allegedly asked her to provide intelligence on his victim’s graduation schedule under the intention of causing her to self harm, police claimed.
The alleged victim’s father is also alleged to have been harassed by the couple.
On Tuesday, the court heard the alleged victim had exchanged up to 794 pages of emails with the Victoria Police detective in charge of the investigation.
Like the alleged victim’s father, Mr Sheales has claimed Senior-Constable Bryon Smith had also been doing the victim’s ‘bidding’.
The detective had been reluctant to hand over the totality of his email exchanges to Buczak’s defence, claiming many were ‘not relevant’.
Buczak and McDonough remain free in the community on bail and appeared in court on Tuesday via videolink.
While the alleged rape is not claimed to have happened at an official equestrian event, Buczak’s 2019 charge prompted calls for him to be barred from the competitive sport until the matter has been resolved.
In January, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports suspended McDonough from all events until the legal proceedings come to their conclusion.
Buczak has previously taken to social media to proclaim his innocence.
‘The allegations made against me are strongly denied and shall be vehemently opposed,’ he posted at the time.
The hearing continues.
Jilted lover who accused Olympic hopeful of rape secretly recorded it