Prison em­ployee ac­quit­ted of sex counts

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A Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison em­ployee has been ac­quit­ted at trial of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent against a fel­low prison worker.

Marthi­nus Johannes Meyer, of Kar­ratha, last week ap­peared in Kar­ratha District Court on a three-day trial for two counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent, to which he pleaded not guilty. It was al­leged two in­ci­dents oc­curred in the early hours of a morn­ing in Au­gust 2015 while the al­leged vic­tim was sleep­ing in a spare room in Mr Meyer’s home after a night out with a group of friends.

How­ever, last Thurs­day, a jury took less than 30 min­utes to unan­i­mously find Mr Meyer not guilty of both charges.

He was dis­charged from the court with­out op­po­si­tion from State pros­e­cu­tor Gerard Cleve­land.

Mr Meyer’s de­fence lawyer Lisa Bos­ton ar­gued the amount of al­co­hol the al­leged vic­tim had con­sumed was grounds for rea­son­able doubt.

Sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices were present at trial.

The DCS de­clined to com­ment on the case.

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