(NewsRadio); National cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been found not guilty of sexual intercourse without consent following an accusation of “stealthing” involving a Tinder date in Sydney, Australia.
The 32-year-old was arrested in November while in Australia for the T20 World Cup after he went for drinks with the woman near the Opera House before going back to her eastern suburbs home.
The Crown’s case was that he removed a condom during intercourse without the woman’s knowledge when she had consented only to protected sex.
The complainant told the NSW District Court she did not see the batsman remove the condom, but saw it on the floor shortly after the intercourse stopped.
Gunathilaka’s defence counsel argued the woman lied, gave self-serving evidence, and had created a “narrative” which morphed over time.
Judge Sarah Huggett today found Gunathilaka not guilty, concluding he was truthful in a lengthy police interview in which he denied all allegations raised by the woman.