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Australian rugby league star found guilty of assaulting woman

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 15:58:21            

SYDNEY, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Australian rugby league star Blake Ferguson has been found guilty of the indecent assault of a young woman at a Cronulla nightclub in Sydney's south in June 2013, local media reported on Wednesday.

Ferguson has been found guilty of indecently assaulting the 24- year-old woman by touching her vagina at the 2230 Bar and Restaurant in Cronulla on June 16.

Ferguson had pleaded not guilty, and said he touched the upper thigh of the woman in a case of mistaken identity.

He said he had mistaken the girl for another woman he had kissed earlier that night.

But Magistrate Jacqueline Trad rejected Ferguson's story, saying he had not taken steps to gain the woman's consent.

Trad told the Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday that the CCTV footage showed the victim "distressed and upset" and supported her version of events.

Ferguson will be sentenced early in 2014.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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