Also worth pointing out that he was acquitted using the law as it applied prior to 2014 that required a higher burden of proof. The judge acknowledged that were this not the case the outcome might have been very different.
"In December 2020, magistrate Belinda Wallington found him not guilty of all charges. Ms Wallington said she accepted most of the complainants’ evidence, saying they were “brave and honest witnesses who had not colluded and were not motivated by career ambition”.
But Ms Wallington could not be satisfied that Mr McLachlan knew that the women were not consenting to his actions. Therefore, under the law as it applied in 2014, she could not find him criminally liable.
“The laws have since changed but do not apply retroactively,” Ms Wallington said.
"The law on consent has been replaced with a more objective test: was the accused’s belief reasonable?
“Were the current law applicable, it is possible that the result may be different.”"