Former Perth Wildcats star Tiny Pinder not guilty of rape
Former NBL and Harlem Globetrotters basketballer Kendal "Tiny" Pinder has been found not guilty of an alleged rape nearly 30 years ago after a judge described his accuser as an untruthful witness.
The woman, now aged 47, gave contradictory evidence about what happened to her compared to the prosecution's version of events.
The Bahamian-born 203cm, 60-year-old Pinder is a serial sex offender.
He is already in a West Australian jail related to multiple past convictions for sexually assaulting three women aged 16 to 20 between 1988 and 1990, and he was also jailed for five years in NSW for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
However, that history and Pinder's apparent tendency to force himself on women aged 16 to 20 years did not make him guilty of this latest charge, said Judge John Staude in the District Court of WA on Wednesday.
The woman said she was raped around the time of her 18th birthday in the summer of 1986-87, but the prosecution said it happened a year later.
Judge Staude said it was "a conspicuously unusual feature of this case" that the prosecution was arguing the alleged victim was wrong about when the rape occurred by a whole year but correct about it happening.
Pinder had not yet bought nor was he living in the Perth unit where she said the rape had occurred, City of Melville records showed.
There were other inconsistencies in emotional testimony given by the woman, with even her father's inability to recall her going on a date with Pinder contradicting his daughter, although he did remember Pinder telephoning the house.
"The complainant's evidence is generally unreliable and cannot be accepted in the absence of some corroboration or other support," Judge Staude said.
"It is likely there was an encounter with the accused of a sexual nature ... I could not be satisfied to the required standard that it was without consent."
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