An Australian man who’d been hired to carry out a stranger’s home-invasion sex fantasy — but who showed up, machete and rope in hand, at the wrong house — has been acquitted of all charges.
Terrence Leroy of Sydney was found not guilty of intimidation and weapons charges in what the judge noted was an unusual mistaken identity case, The Guardian reported.
Leroy and a second man had been hired on Facebook last year by a customer in the rural New South Wales region who wanted to be tied up while wearing only his skivvies — “and have a broom handle rubbed around his underwear,” the report said.
The customer had been willing to pay the equivalent of more than $3,000 US if it was “really good,” the judge noted.
But Leroy and his partner wound up arriving at the wrong house on the right street.
The man who lived at the address was startled to see two intruders at his bedside, holding machetes. They asked to confirm his name.
When they learned they were at the wrong house, one of the men apologized, saying, “Sorry mate,” and shaked the astounded man’s hand before leaving and driving to the correct address.
Once there, the roleplay was apparently less than “really good,” the Guardian reported: “They had coffee and the client made bacon, eggs and noodles before Leroy fell asleep on the couch.”
That’s where the police, who’d been summoned by the rattled, incorrect “customer,” found him.
Leroy’s lawyer successfully argued that his client, although armed with a machete, had entered the house for a non-criminal purpose.
“It was a commercial agreement to tie up and stroke a semi-naked man in his underpants with a broom,” the lawyer argued.
In his reasons for the acquittal, judge Sean Grant agreed there was a reasonable possibility that Leroy entered the house as part of a lawful plan to carry out a sexual fantasy.
“They carried the machetes either as a prop or something to use in that fantasy,” he wrote, according to The Guardian.
“The fantasy was unscripted and there was discretion as to how it would be carried out.”
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