A male beauty therapist has been found guilty of molesting women while giving them a Brazilian, with the jury this afternoon convicting of half the charges and acquitting him of the rest.
The jury was in its second day of deliberations in the District Court trial of Don Chaminda Subasinghe, 43, who was fighting 14 charges of sexual penetration without consent.
Today, he was found guilty of seven of the charges relating to six women and was warned he would face immediate jail time when he is sentenced but granted strict bail in the interim.
In an unusual move, the verdicts were reached by just 11 jurors rather than the usual 12 jurors after one of the members was rushed to hospital this morning.
Judge Stephen Scott told the rest of the jury panel that it was appropriate to continue deliberating, with the verdicts read out this afternoon unanimously reached by the remaining 11.
Subasinghe, whose wife was present in court to hear the verdicts, will be sentenced on December 19.
The case had centred on allegations Subasinghe sexually abused nine female clients while he gave them Brazilian hair removal treatments in the genital area using intense pulsed light procedure in late 2010 and 2011.
The prosecution alleged Subasinghe, whose wife provided hairdressing at the same Canning Vale Cut 'N Curl salon, began by rubbing the areas he was treating to help with the pain but then rubbed beyond the areas he was treating.
His defence team led by defence lawyer Tom Percy argued the alleged acts did not happen and are the possible result of malice, embarrassment or a simple mistake.
The court has heard that some of the women had returned to the salon and that eight of them made their claims after police approached them as part of investigation into Subasinghe's alleged behaviour.
The court heard one alleged victim had at one point provided a handwritten testimonial to the salon while Subasinghe was on bail for the alleged offences saying she was happy with her treatment.
The prosecution emphasised that, by law, a lack of physical resistance does not equate to consent.
This morning a juror who had not been well was taken to hospital, with the judge calling the remaining jurors to explain what had happened.
"He has been conveyed to hospital and he will not be able to take any further role," Judge Scott said."It is quite appropriate for the remaining 11 of you to continue your deliberations and that doesn't compromise the trial at all," he said.