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Majak Daw found not guilty on rape charges

The Roar The Roar 3/12/2015

AFL footballer Majak Daw arrives for the verdict at the County Court in Melbourne. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy AFL footballer Majak Daw arrives for the verdict at the County Court in Melbourne.

North Melbourne ruckman Majak Daw has been found not guilty of all charges at the end of a nine-day trial investigating an incident of alleged rape in 2007.

Daw was charged with three counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in Altona Meadows, with the alleged incident taking place when Daw himself was age 16.

Daw was originally charged in July 2014, and later committed to stand trial, though the trial did not begin until Wednesday November 25, when Daw’s career was in limbo as he awaited the rookie draft, having been taken off North Melbourne’s senior list.

However after being delivered a not guilty verdict by a jury of seven women and five men he is now free to continue his career as an AFL footballer.

Daw said the trial had been a tough experience, and thanked his family and friends for supporting him throughout.

“I’ve been through this, I can get through anything in life,” Daw said after the trial.

The alleged incident occurred at a house party when Daw was a teenager. Daw told the court he had engaged in sex acts with the girl in question, but insisted they had been consensual.

Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Daw’s family fled the country during the Second Sudanese Civil War and after three years in Egypt, moved to Australia as refugees.

He was originally drafted via the rookie draft in 2009, and 2013 became the first Sudanese man to play at AFL level, when he made his debut for North Melbourne against the Brisbane Lions.

He kicked six goals against the Western Bulldogs in his fourth AFL game, but failed to cement a spot as part of North Melbourne’s best side, and played only 2 AFL games in 2015.

Daw was delisted from North Melbourne’s senior list at the end of the 2015 season, but was re-drafted to the club’s rookie list in last Friday’s rookie draft.

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