Not guilty of sexual assault
A BALLINA man accused of sexually assaulting his former partner before they moved in together has been found not guilty in the Lismore District Court.
The man was accused of going too far during a moment of intimacy with the woman back in 1999.
However, the court also heard that the woman moved in with the man immediately after the alleged assault and continued to have a sexual relationship with him.
His defence team, barrister Nicolas Harrison and solicitor Ralph James, attacked the woman’s accusation during the case, saying that she had not gone to police until eight years after the alleged incident and then only after she had received a compensation payout for an unrelated assault.
After an eight-day trial, a jury took less than eight hours to find the man not guilty.