A man accused of raping his girlfriend at their efficiency was on Tuesday unanimously acquitted.
The jury of seven women and two men deliberated for about 45 minutes before finding William Fleinor not guilty of rape and threats of death at his trial before Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns.
According to the prosecution’s case, the woman and Fleinor were driving on Hawkins Hill on March 27, 2019, when his phone rang.
When his girlfriend questioned him about the call, Fleinor allegedly hit her head against the windshield multiple times and threatened to kill her.
The girlfriend testified that she blacked out during the assault. She reportedly regained consciousness when they arrived at their shared efficiency in Garden Hills.
The complainant claimed that she told Fleinor that she was leaving, but he said she wasn’t going anywhere.
She said that she ran inside the bathroom to get away from him. According to her, Fleinor pursued her and raped her in the shower.
She claimed that he hit her head against the shower floor during the sexual assault.
However, a doctor who examined the woman a day after the alleged attack, did not observe any evidence of head trauma.
A DNA report confirmed that Fleinor had sex with the woman, but the report also suggested that she had slept with another man as there was DNA from an unknown contributor.
Sonia Timothy represented Fleinor and Donard Brown prosecuted the case.