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However, Williams’ representative Rosalind Avis said the 21-year-old did not attempt to undress either of them or touch the woman in a sexual way, to which Fox agreed.
“It is important not to approach the question from the point of view of, ‘well what else would he have been intending?’” Fox said. “It seems that whatever intention he formed was formed within seconds, and I find it unlikely he had much of a plan.”
“There is no direct evidence as to the accused’s state of mind,” she added. “I must not guess, speculate or jump to conclusions.”
Ultimately, she concluded: “He did not say or do anything consistent with robbery, but nor did he say or do anything consistent with an intent to commit a sexual assault.”
Williams, who had spent the night clubbing in Melbourne, told police he was intoxicated and did not remember the attack.
He turned himself in the following day after seeing footage of the attack on the news and later pleaded guilty to assault.
He last played for the Westmeadows Tigers in 2019, as the Essendon District Football League’s 2020 season has been cancelled due to the pandemic.