One of two Australian men hired to carry out a stranger's sexual fantasy has been found not guilty of entering a home intending to intimidate after they both showed up to the wrong address carrying machetes.
The pair were attempting to carry out their task with a man who wanted them to enter his house while he was tied up wearing only his underwear, but they went to the wrong rural New South Wales (NSW) address.
One of the Sydney men, Terrence Leroy, has now been found not guilty of entering a home in July 2019 intending to intimidate while armed with an offensive weapon.
Judge Sean Grant said the Crown hadn't excluded the reasonable possibility that Leroy entered the house as part of a lawful plan to carry out a sexual fantasy, 7 News reports.
"They carried the machetes either as a prop or something to use in that fantasy," he said in his reasons for acquittal.
"The fantasy was unscripted and there was discretion as to how it would be carried out."
The man - who lives in Goolgowi, western NSW - wanted to be tied up and have a broom handle rubbed around his underwear, the court statement said according to 7 News.
Grant added the man was willing to pay $5000 "if it was really good". He also had a "history and proclivity" for engaging different services of people.
Arrangements were made via Facebook for the fantasy to be carried out and the would-be client provided his address, which he later updated because he moved house.
But when the service was scheduled on July 14, a person living in the same street as the first provided address noticed light coming from the lounge when he got up in the night. He heard a voice asking if his name was that of the intended client's, turned on the light and saw the two hired men standing next to his bed with machetes pointed towards the ground.
The pair reportedly left after they learnt he wasn't the person that hired them.