Trio found guilty of raping mate with a beer bottle
THREE men have been jailed for the rape of an unconscious teenager with a glass bottle at an Australia Day party.
Bailey Hayes-Gordon, Jacob Watson and Nicholas Jackson were on Friday found guilty by a Brisbane District Court jury of assaulting a 19-year-old friend in 2015.
Hayes-Gordon, the principle offender, and accomplices Watson and Jackson were sentenced to two years' jail, all suspended after six months spent in custody.
Earlier, emotional scenes played out in court after the trio were found guilty.
Bailey Joseph Hayes-Gordon, Nicholas William Jackson and Jacob Michael Watson - all aged 21 - pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to one charge each of rape, and their trial began on Monday.
It was alleged the trio raped their friend with a glass bottle at an Australia Day party in 2015, and footage was shared on Snapchat and Facebook messenger.
A 12-person jury went out yesterday afternoon to consider a verdict, and came back about noon today and announced all three men were guilty.
The full public gallery erupted with sobs and screams, prompting Judge Anthony Rafter to tell the men's supporters to "get themselves under control".
Judge Rafter repeatedly warned supporters in the public gallery to remain quiet amid outbursts, including one woman saying she would kill herself and another yelling that co-accused Frazer Eaton was a "liar".
After the jury's verdict on Friday, one man was visibly shaking in the public gallery, while some had their head in their hands and others were consoling each other in disbelief.
During the four-day trial, the prosecution alleged Jackson rolled the teenager over and restrained him by his feet, Watson took video footage on his phone and Hayes-Gordon - as the principal offender - inserted the bottle.
Footage of the alleged assault was later shared in Facebook conversations, with Hayes-Gordon accused of posting the video and screenshots, and writing: "(The complainant) passed out so we stuck a bottle up his arse and he just took it ... Funniest thing I've ever seen, legit."
But taking to the witness box on Wednesday, Hayes-Gordon denied penetrating the complainant with a bottle and said his comments were an "over-exaggeration". He also described the dynamic among his friends as "prankish" and said they often teased each other.
Pressed by crown prosecutor Caroline Marco if his social media messages were the true account and he'd only changed his story after being charged, he said: "That's completely not true".
Watson and Jackson did not give evidence in the trial.