& # 39; I am just relieved & # 39 ;: Hero agent has not been found guilty of raping a crying woman in a hotel room – a few hours after receiving a bravery prize for saving three human lives
- Hero NSW police officer James Stuart McMillan did not find it guilty of raping a woman
- Senior Constable McMillan was accused of raping her at the Sydney hotel in 2017
- A few hours earlier, he received a bravery prize for saving three human lives
- McMillan was acquitted Friday morning after a full day of jury deliberations
- He said outside court that he & # 39; relieved & # 39; was and wanted to get his life back on track & # 39;
Hero police officer James Stuart McMillan (above) was found guilty of raping a woman in early 2017
A hero police officer says he is looking forward to going back to work and getting his life back on track after he has been found guilty of raping a woman – hours after receiving a bravery prize for saving of the lives of three people.
James Stuart McMillan was acquitted by the jury of seven men and five women on Friday morning after a day of deliberation at the district court of NSW.
Senior Constable McMillan, 45, was charged with raping the woman in room 216 of the Ibis Hotel in Darling Harbor on February 24, 2017.
A few hours before the alleged attack, he had stood on the podium to receive a bravery prize from the NSW police for saving the lives of three elderly people.
Three years earlier, he and a colleague responded to a three-zero call to fill a house with deadly carbon monoxide, after which they rushed to the house, ran inside, and brought the trio to safety.
Senior Constable McMillan embraced his crying mother and father after the verdict was pronounced and told Daily Mail Australia out of court that he was ready to leave the ordeal behind.
Senior Constable McMillan (left) pictured with NSW governor David Hurley (right), told Daily Mail Australia out of court after he was acquitted that he was a & # 39; relieved & # 39; was male
After returning to the Ibis Hotel (photo), he would have given the woman a massage before she would attack her sexually, even when she said: & If you don't stop, I call to your parents & # 39;
& # 39; Mate, I'm just relieved. It has been a long 18 months and I just wanted to get my life back on track, & said the acquitted police officer.
& # 39; I'm ready to go back to work, but I'm definitely going to celebrate this afternoon with my family – I couldn't have done it without them. & # 39;
During the weeks-long court case, the court heard that Senior Constable McMillan had traveled to Sydney with his parents and wife for the award ceremony where he was a guest of honor.
After receiving his prize, he and the woman returned to their hotel room where they claimed to have raped her on the bed while she continued saying: & # 39; Stop, stop & # 39 ;.
The court heard the woman claim that she was even threatening to shout at the parents of the police officer who were staying in the next room, just a few meters away.
But defense lawyer Kellie Stares told the jury in her final statement on Wednesday that there was doubt about whether there was & # 39; penetrative gender & # 39; Has been.
Senior Constable McMillan told Daily Mail Australia out of court that he was looking forward to celebrating with his family, who supported him throughout the process (photo)
Mrs. Stares instead referred to the court that Senior Constable McMillan & # 39; her only from outside & # 39; of her genitals.
She also pointed to evidence that the woman had sexual contact with the policeman for months after the alleged assault.
& # 39; This is inconsistent with how a real rape victim would act, & # 39; Stares told the court.
Ms. Stares said that during the entire trip to Sydney the woman & # 39; happy & # 39; was in the company of both Senior Constable McMillan and his parents.
Text messages between the couple who were exchanged on February 25, 2017 – less than 24 hours after the alleged assault – showed that the woman invited the policeman to her house.
& # 39; If you were sexually abused, for God's sake you wouldn't want them to come the next day & # 39 ;, Stares told the jury.
At the time of the alleged rape, Senior Constable McMillan (right) was in Sydney with his mother (left), father, and wife to attend the award ceremony.
The court also heard that the police officer was only charged six months after the alleged violation.
The reason for this was that the woman did not go to the police, but during a later conversation with a police officer she said that Senior Constable McMillan was holding her & # 39; during sex.
The officer then informed her superior, who contacted the woman via Facebook to ask if she wanted to make a complaint.
Senior Constable McMillan has been suspended by NSW Police, while the case has remained in court.
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