Bendigo man not guilty of assaulting saleswoman

A BENDIGO man accused of assaulting a door-to-door saleswoman has been found not guilty.

The case against Sonny Middleton was dismissed in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Middleton had pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful assault on June 18.

The complainant was a woman from Germany who had been living in Australia for 20 months and was working for Red Energy as a door-to-door saleswoman at the time of the alleged incident.

She appeared via video-link but the hearing was disrupted for several hours after the court's television stopped working.

Technical support failed to fix the problem as the court room filled with a burning smell believed to have been caused by a blown fuse.

Court staff were unable to find another available courtroom with video-link facilities and the matter was adjourned.

On Wednesday, Magistrate Franz Holzer dismissed the charge against Middleton.

Mr Holzer also awarded $1860 in court costs against the prosecution.

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