Arthur Allan Thomas trial: Complainant turned to binge drinking, 'pity parties' to cope with alleged assaults, court hears

The second complainant in the historical rape and indecent assault case against Arthur Allan Thomas says she coped with the alleged assaults by binge drinking. 

Thomas, who is now in his 80s, became a household name when he was infamously framed by police for the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe in 1970.

The second complainant told the court of several occasions where she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Thomas. She says she turned to binge drinking and had regular 'pity parties' with herself to cope. 

Thomas denies one charge of rape and four charges of indecent assault in relation to two women. The charges are historic. 

On Thursday, the court heard about a letter Arthur Allan Thomas sent to the second complainant in which he wrote apparently she had been sexually molested, and that saddened him, but he couldn’t take any responsibility for this. 

Thomas was convicted of the murders of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe in the 1970s and jailed for nine years before a Royal Commission of Inquiry found he’d been framed by police. 

The woman told the court on Thursday she didn’t speak to police sooner because Thomas had already spent time in prison and she thought of that as his punishment.

Thomas sat calmly as he watched the second complainant give evidence against him. His lawyer maintains the allegations are fabricated and the alleged incidents did not happen.