/ 29 September 2023

An international cricketer is cleared

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Sri Lankan batter Danushka Gunathilaka is free to return home after a Sydney court found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he met on a Tinder date in November 2022. The 32-year-old was in Australia for the T20 World Cup and was arrested hours before he was due to fly out – that followed a night out with the 29-year-old woman in the days before. The Crown’s case was that he removed a condom during intercourse without the woman’s knowledge, but Judge Sarah Huggett says the woman didn’t have a “clear memory” of how it ended up on the floor. Huggett also said she formed the “distinct impression” Gunathilaka “was doing his best to be truthful”. After his arrest, Gunathilaka was suspended from cricket, and outside court said he wants to restore his reputation and “can’t wait to go back and play”.

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