A man accused of forcing his girlfriend to get breast implants has been awarded $20,000 by a judge who criticised the police investigation into her “bizarre” allegations.
The 27-year-old faced 36 serious criminal charges, including numerous violent assaults and rapes over a two-month period, and would have spent between 16 and 18 years in prison if convicted.
He was alleged to have locked the woman in his bedroom for three days without food or water, tortured her with pins until she bled, forced her to walk around Cornwall Park naked on her hands and knees leashed like a dog, and pressured her into breast surgery.
But the charges were dropped a week before the trial and the man took legal action against the police to recover some of the legal bill he spent fighting the case.
Judge David Sharp awarded him $20,000 and defence barrister Graeme Newell told the Herald on Sunday he would ask the police to investigate the woman for laying a false rape complaint.
I can’t understand how that got as far as court. If he forced her to walk around Cornwall Park naked on her hands and knees leashed like a dog, you’d expect there to be a witness or two.
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