In her 130-page judgment, released by the court on Thursday, Ms Wallington wrote that she found three of the four women to be credible witnesses, while one was not as clear in her evidence and there were “issues of reliability”.

“Her memories of what she observed and was told about, of offending against others was confused and sometimes prone to exaggeration,” Ms Wallington found.

Craig McLachlan in “The Dr Blake Mysteries”.

Craig McLachlan in “The Dr Blake Mysteries”.Credit:

But the magistrate found aspects of Mr McLachlan’s evidence “jarred because of a certain contrivance”.

“The emotion he expressed over [one complainant’s] allegations did not seem genuine,” Ms Wallington wrote.

During his evidence, Mr McLachlan at one point sang and clicked his fingers to illustrate the timing of a song as he denied putting his tongue in one woman’s mouth during an onstage kiss.

“When he tapped his fingers and sang during his evidence (ostensibly to determine the length of a beat), it was unnecessary,” the magistrate wrote of Mr McLachlan.

“Overall, he was not an impressive witness.

Stuart Littlemore, QC.

Stuart Littlemore, QC.Credit:Steven Siewert

“As the accused, he does not need to persuade me of the truth of his account.

“Even if I reject his evidence in its entirety, I am still required to be persuaded of the evidence of the complainants beyond reasonable doubt.”

Ms Wallington said on Tuesday she was not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the allegations against Mr McLachlan constituted an offence of indecent assault or common assault.

After delivering her verdicts, the magistrate was critical of the way defence barristers cross-examined the complainants in a closed court last year, and was “not assisted” by questions about their sexual reputations, poses in photographs on social media and what they wore.

In her written judgment, Ms Wallington found Mr Littlemore’s questioning of one woman became “offensive” when the lawyer said the woman was in a photograph “sticking your breasts out” while near a man in underwear.

“The cross-examination hit its nadir when having given evidence that the accused commented on her breasts, she was asked whether she was pleased with her figure,” the magistrate wrote.

“This question was, unsurprisingly, disallowed.”

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