An American sailor has been found not guilty of raping a Darwin woman.
The Supreme Court jury of 10 men and two women returned the verdict on Friday afternoon after deliberating for 40 minutes following a five-day trial.
Hugh Patrick Malone, 23, had pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, indecent assault and depriving a woman of her liberty following an incident on September 4 last year.
It was alleged that on that night Malone had been out drinking with a trio of local women and some other sailors at Monsoons Bar, and slept with one of them early in the evening.
Later on, he propositioned the complainant for sex, which she declined.
She agreed to leave the bar with him to go to his hotel up the street, which was next door to the hotel of the sailor she was seeing.
The complainant alleged Malone asked her to check his room for her friend's belongings before he checked out, and then sexually assaulted her, stopping only when she started to cry.
But his defence said the two had engaged in consensual sexual activity, and that when the complainant changed her mind they stopped, and she left.
In Facebook messages exchanged between the two a few days later Malone appeared to agree with the complainant that he had tried to rape her.
"What I did was so wrong ... but your eyes stopped me," he wrote.
She replied: "No, because I started crying... makes me wonder who else you tried to rape," she replied.
"First time," Malone said.
Defence counsel Tom Berkley suggested Malone was apologising for trying to sleep with the complainant after having sex with her friend.
Malone did not give evidence and the complainant gave evidence to a closed court.
But during legal arguments, Justice Stephen Southwood said the witness was "highly unreliable", pointing to a "plethora of inconsistencies" in her evidence.
It would seem the jury agreed, clearing Malone of all charges.
He was found not guilty of two charges on a new indictment, sexual assault without consent and attempted sexual assault without consent.
He will return to the United States.