Danushka Gunathilaka: Sri Lankan cricketer found not guilty of rape
BBC Sport says A Sri Lankan cricketer accused of raping a woman while in Australia for the T20 World Cup has been found not guilty.
Danushka Gunathilaka, 32, was accused of assaulting the Sydney woman at her home after a Tinder date in November.
Initially he was charged with multiple counts of rape, but only one count of stealthing – removing a condom without consent – proceeded to trial.
The case tested new laws criminalising the act in New South Wales (NSW).
During a four-day trial in a NSW District Court, the complainant – who legally cannot be named – said she had only consented to protected sex. She said she did not see the batsman remove the condom, but saw it on the floor shortly after the intercourse ended.
She further alleged Mr Gunathilaka had kissed her “forcefully” and at times choked her so hard she feared for her life.
Mr Gunathilaka denied the allegations and his defence counsel argued the woman had lied and changed her story over time.