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A Canberra pub owner who allegedly filmed himself raping his former partner while she slept has been refused bail.

A Canberra pub owner who allegedly filmed himself raping his former partner while she slept has been refused bail.

The 35-year-old man, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to committing an act of indecency and recklessly engaging in sexual intercourse without consent, following his arrest yesterday afternoon.

The alleged sexual assault took place in January 2011, but only came to police attention after the alleged victim's mother discovered videos and photos of the incident on a camera memory card.

Police pounced on two properties in the Canberra suburb of Flynn, as well as the man's business yesterday.

Officers seized cameras and a USB memory drive allegedly containing images and videos of the man assaulting his former partner on four separate occasions.

Today, the ACT Magistrates Court heard police were also investigating the possibility there were other victims.

Prosecutor Ryan Roberts opposed bail with concerns the man might interfere with evidence, endanger witnesses and others, or commit further offences.

Defence lawyer Peter Woodhouse conceded it was an unusual case, but argued risks could mitigated with strict bail conditions.

"There's no escaping that these are serious [alleged] offences and they are somewhat bizarre in the way they were detected given they are nine years old," Mr Woodhouse said.

"The risks are at an insufficient level to warrant the refusal of bail."

Magistrate Bernadette Boss refused the man's release as the alleged victim was "very fearful" and said she had concerns his mental health and criminal history meant he would not comply with bail conditions.

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The man will return to court in August.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/pub-owner-allegedly-filmed-himself-raping-sleeping-former-partner-canberra/30ebac29-cc87-454f-b47a-75f140bdaf07

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