A local footballer has been accused of attempting to sexually assault a nurse, grabbed her Street and pulled her into the alleyway in Melbourne.
Jackson Williams was out of clubbing and drinking when he assaulted a 39-year-old woman from behind as she walked through the CBD early on October 28, 2018.
Chilling CCTV footage played at Victoria ‘s County Court on Tuesday, as shown in the video above, shows Williams catching the woman from behind, putting her hand over her mouth, as dragging her to Healeys Lane while she screamed and struggled.
The 19-year-old was on top of her before running away when an off-duty police officer interfered.
Williams handed himself over to the police the next day after seeing the video of the CCTV in the press.
The 21-year-old was found not guilty on Tuesday in the Victoria County Court of assault in an attempt to commit a sexual offence.
But he was acquitted of an additional crime for a common assault.
He was met by a judge-alone trial due to the suspension of the jury during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Judge Mandy Fox said that the assault was clearly deliberate and violent.
But she found that there was not enough proof to show beyond reasonable doubt that Williams planned to sexually assault the woman.
He may have been trying to do this, but he might have been attempting to commit a robbery, Judge Fox added.
“It is important not to approach the question from the point of view of, ‘well what else would he have been intending?’” she said, as this risked reversing the onus of proof.
“It seems that whatever intention he formed was formed within seconds, and I find it unlikely he had much of a plan.”
Williams did not try to inappropriately touch or undress the woman or himself.
Williams did not deny that he was the guy in the CCTV who grabbed the nurse as she made her way to work in an inner-city hospital.
But he said he was so intoxicated at the time of the incident that he did not recall either his acts or his victim.
The woman told the court she was really afraid because he was really strong and she was too weak to fend him off.