Prison employee acquitted of sex counts
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.