Three men accused of the gang rape of a Bendigo mother have appeared in the Melbourne County Court this week for the start of a lengthy trial.
The pre-trial of Mohammed Elnour, 19, Akoak Manon, 19, and Mohammed Zaoli, 21, started on Tuesday in front of Judge Bill Stuart.
The trial proper will start immediately after issues raised during the pre-trial are resolved.
Police allege Elnour, Manon and Zaoli raped a 21-year-old woman in her Flora Hill home in January 2011.
Manon and Zaoli are facing 17 charges including 14 counts of rape; and single counts of indecent assault, unlawful assault and false imprisonment.
Elnour is also facing these 17 charges as well as charges of using a carriage service to harass and harassing a witness. Police allege Elnour contacted the complainant five days after the alleged rape.
All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges.