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Witness denies changing her story in Milne rape case

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The friend of a woman allegedly raped by former St Kilda footballer Stephen Milne in 2004 has told a court she was not pressured to change her statement so it matched that of the alleged victim.

The witness, who cannot be identified, has denied suggestions she was asked by the victim and investigating police to change key details in her recollection of events surrounding the incident.

The prosecution alleges Milne repeatedly tried to have sex with the woman, who was 19 at the time, after having intercourse with her friend, who is currently giving evidence.

The alleged incident took place at the home of Milne’s St Kilda teammate Leigh Montagna, after Montagna had consensual intercourse with the victim.

The court heard that Milne, Montagna, the witness and the victim were then together on the same bed.

The witness told Magistrate Peter Reardon that she had then left the room “knowing there was a problem,” after hearing the victim say “no” several times in response to Milne’s advances.

The victim has told police that in the darkened room, she thought she was with Montangna during the incident, not Stephen Milne.

Milne has told police he thought she knew who he was.

In her initial statement to police the woman says she fell asleep.

In a later statement, she says she left the room and did not observe the incident.

In the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning, Milne’s lawyer Philip Dunn QC asked the witness if she had later admitted she was awake, and changed details about what she could see because she had been pressured to do so.

The witness rejected that suggestion, but acknowledged there had been a falling out between the two women since.

The hearing continues.