US sailor committed to stand trial

A U-S sailor has been committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court after allegedly raping a woman in Darwin last year. The Darwin Magistrates Court has heard from two witnesses who spent time with the sailor at a city nightclub.

The following day she reaffirmed that she had been raped, her friend said. "She said she was fighting him ... he finally took (his penis) out after about five to 10 seconds and said, `please forgive me, you're such a beautiful girl, I have a family'," the friend's statement to police read.