FORMER high profile Australian actor Martin Lynes has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault.
The 50-year-old television identity was charged after he was accused of attacking a woman at two homes, one in Bateau Bay and the other on the NSW Central Coast, in 2015 and 2016.
During his trial, crown prosecutor Rebekah Court told the jury Lynes had raped the woman with a sex toy.
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The former actor was charged with one count each of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm, sexual assault, and physical assault.
Lynes, however, denied all charges, arguing that the sex was consensual. He claimed that he was actually the victim and had to restrain the woman as she attacked him, but the jury didn’t buy it.
The now-retired actor turned real estate agent, best known for his roles on Home & Away, All Saints and McLeod’s Daughters, was on Wednesday found guilty of the aggravated sexual assault in the Gosford District Court.
He was acquitted, however, of the remaining two charges.
Lynes had his bail revoked immediately following Wednesday’s verdict and will be sentenced in October.
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