stripper acquitted of rape
The former stripper acquitted today of raping the best man at a buck's night now looks forward to her life returning to normal.
Speaking exclusively to The Age, Linda Naggs said her life had been put ‘‘on hold’’ by the investigation and the trial.
‘‘But at the end of the day, I did not do it and the verdict came out positive,’’ Ms Naggs said after the jury took about 90 minutes to find her not guilty.
The mother of four told The Age: ‘‘Life will just come back to normal for my children and I’’.
‘‘I would like to thank the jury for their excellent work and I appreciate them so much for believing in me,’’ she said.
‘‘My legal team of solicitor James Dowsley and barrister Paul Higham have supported me right through it.
‘‘I’d also like to thank my boyfriend Andy and my children who have been through a lot and who have supported me.’’
Linda Maree Naggs, 40, pleaded not guilty to violating the man's anus during a naked XXX-rated show in a house in Mornington on September 24, 2007.
A jury of six men and six women took one hour and 50 minutes to clear her of the charge.
Ms Naggs, a working mother and professional dancer of 13 years of Rosebud West, cried and dabbed her eyes when she heard the verdict.
The County Court jury had been asked to decide the crucial issue of deliberate penetration against the suggestion of possible "accidental rape".
During the trial, the jury was directed to approach their task free of sympathy, emotion or bias and to put views of strippers and buck's nights "out of your mind".
Prosecutor Kieran Gilligan had told the jury they had to be satisfied there was penetration, if even slight, that it was deliberate, without consent and that Linda Maree Ms Naggs, 40, knew the man was not consenting.
But Ms Naggs' barrister, Paul Higham, asked the jury to have "in the back of your mind" issues of male sexuality and pride, fear, ego and peer group pressure.
He said if there was penetration it was accidental and he asked what led the man to "place himself in proximity to the dildo", which he described as "arguably statuesque".
Mr Gilligan told the jury that the man had replaced the groom and another volunteer who were reluctant to continue their involvement with Ms Naggs. He said after she did a lap dance, rubbed her breasts in his face and used the dildo on herself, he asked her: "Be gentle. Don't do it too hard."
"No worries," Mr Gilligan said Ms Naggs replied.
When the man, who was on all fours and naked from the knees up, asked her not to go near his anus, she allegedly said: "Not a problem. Relax. It's only fun. I won't go there."
But Mr Gilligan said that soon after Ms Naggs applied cream or lubricant to his buttocks, he felt a sharp pain, a thrust and the dildo "go right into his anal passage".
He said the man was hurt and shocked and after Ms Naggs allegedly told him not to worry because "only you and I know", he said: "What the f--- did you do that for, you stupid bitch."
Mr Gilligan said the man complained to police later that day while a medical examination showed a small abrasion below his anal verge "most likely caused by blunt trauma".
Mr Higham submitted that if there was penetration it was accidental so "this is a case, if you like, of accidental rape".
The court heard that the man was on all fours, with his pants around his ankles, when Naggs poured cream on his back and on the pink, strap-on dildo and made thrusting motions.
The man, who said he had been an unwilling participant in Ms Naggs' show, had told the court he scuffled with Ms Naggs and told her to leave after the incident.
"She said it was just a joke, just a joke," he said.
Witnesses told the court that as Ms Naggs was leaving the house she repeatedly said "sorry", and one said Ms Naggs claimed "it was an accident".
They told of seeing the best man looking like he was in pain and "squinting" during the stripper's act.
The next day, the best man said he "didn't feel very well, I didn't feel right". He was "very, very uncomfortable" and told friends about the incident.
The man said he organised the night's entertainment, hiring two strippers from the Simply Irresistible agency.
Under questioning from defence barrister Paul Higham, he agreed that the agency representative he spoke to told him that he was booking a show entitled "Anal".
The man said he was no longer friends with the groom after he made comments about the stripper incident at the wedding.
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