Jury reaches a verdict in week-long rape retrial
THE face of the man on a retrial for rape fell when the word "guilty" was spoken by the jury in the Bundaberg District Court.
But as the words "not guilty" followed for the remaining four charges, relief washed over the face of Shannon Robert Barrett.
The 35-year-old was facing retrial for four counts of rape and one of assault causing bodily harm, relating to a 17-year-old man in 2008 and 2009.
The five-man, seven-woman jury retired shortly before 10.30am yesterday but sent a note to Judge Leanne Clare about 2.15pm saying they could not agree on a verdict.
But Judge Clare said it was too premature to "call it quits" and dismiss the jury.
So the jury returned to deliberate and came back about 3.45pm with their verdict.
For the first count of rape, Barrett was found guilty.
But for the remaining three charges of rape and one of assault causing bodily harm, he was found not guilty.
Barrett's barrister was too ill to be present for the verdict, so the sentencing will take place in Brisbane next week.