Penny was raped by a stranger who had taken her home after she was passing out drunk at Crown Casino. When her case went to court, Magistrate Richard Pithouse suggested he couldn’t reward someone with “buyer’s remorse”. Now vindication.
In a major victory for the legally blind woman left with post-traumatic stress, a court on Thursday ruled Penny had indeed been the victim of sexual violence.
In Penny’s case, as with many investigations of sexual violence, police had decided they did not have enough evidence to win a conviction.
But she still had the option to pursue the matter at VOCAT.
Magistrate Hayes found Penny had been so affected by alcohol, exacerbated by a prescription medication, rendering her in no state to consent to sex on the night in March 2017.’