The defence claimed the girl was a “sexual time-bomb”:
“She confided in [the defendant]. He would talk to her about her problems and over a two week period they got to know one another.
She was crying and he invited her back to his room to comfort her and one thing led to another. She was a time-bomb waiting to go off. Unfortunately it was the defendant she went off on.”
Judge Mary Mowat told the defendant:
'This was not a breach of trust situation. Although she was vulnerable, you too in a sense, are vulnerable as you are a simple man'