Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 16 – Not Guilty

This is a case study on a charge of Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 16 resulting in a not guilty verdict. The client was charged with sexual offences against a young female employee dating back to the mid-1990’s.

What is alleged to have occured?
He was alleged to have sexually penetrated her when she was aged around 14. The complaint was made to the police many years later and he was charged with Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 16. We had carriage of the matter from the beginning and he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

What happened at court?
Kristina Kothrakis acted on our client’s behalf a the Melbourne County Court.

It was a challenging case to run. There was evidence from the complainant which, in part, was corroborated by observations of the mother. Our client was clear from the beginning that he was not guilty of the charges.

We sought the assistance of a private investigator to assist us in our preparations. We also issued numerous subpoenas to the complainant’s medical and psychological practitioners which proved to be extremely beneficial to us at the trial.

What was the result?
Despite the fact that the complainant gave evidence essentially in accordance with her statement provided to the police, we were able to show that she should not be relied upon as a reliable and credible witness. At the trial, the jury found that our client was, on the charge of Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 16, not guilty of all the charges.

Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 27/07/2015