Cresselly man cleared of rape but jailed for assault
12:42pm Wednesday 1st August 2012 in News
A Cresselly man has been cleared of a charge of raping another man as he walked home from a Pembrokeshire nightclub.
But Lawrence James Goldsworthy, of Millway Farm, was jailed for 40 weeks for assaulting the man causing him actual bodily harm.
Goldsworthy, aged 22, had admitted that offence but had denied rape.
The victim had claimed that he met Goldsworthy while walking home after being ejected from Sands nightclub in Saundersfoot.
He had claimed he was so drunk he was unable to stop Goldsworthy pushing him into bushes, and raping him.
Afterwards, he told a jury at Swansea crown court, Goldsworthy took him to Kilgetty railway station where he threw him down onto the tracks.
Goldsworthy said he had also been drunk that night.
He said he fell asleep laying in bushes and when he awoke he found the complainant was sexually molesting him.
He said he became so angry that he beat him up and at the railway station decided to kill himself by lying on the tracks and waiting for a train to run over him.
Goldsworthy will begin serving his sentence after he has finished a sentence for earlier offending.
Following the case the officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Shane Williams, said: “Although we are disappointed we respect the decision delivered.
"We would like to praise the courage demonstrated by the victim and the victims’ family during this complex and challenging investigation.
"On behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police I would like to highlight that, following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, we always ensure that a comprehensive investigation by specially-trained officers is provided, to support victims during what is a traumatic experience.
"We want members of the public to be reassured that Dyfed-Powys Police treat, and will continue to treat, all allegations of sexual assaults very seriously and sensitively.
"We do not want people to suffer in silence, we are here to help. We will provide appropriate support and guidance as well as fully investigate each case that is reported.”