FACING DISMISSAL: A member of the Australian Defence Force has been jailed for sexual assault.
FACING DISMISSAL: A member of the Australian Defence Force has been jailed for sexual assault. David Nielsen

Corporal jailed after sexual attack on 'trashed' colleague

AN AUSTRALIAN Defence Force Corporal will trade his uniform for a prison tracksuit after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting another defence force member.

Brendan Charles Jeffries, 30, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment in Ipswich District Court yesterday..

A jury acquitted him of two counts of rape last Friday.

A victim impact statement showed the 40-year-old female complainant suffered "significant consequences".

'The Australian Defence Force base should be the safest place in the world," the statement read.

"My trust was shattered by a defence force member who (should have) shared the same values of mateship, teamwork, integrity and respect.

"If I can't trust a defence force member how can I trust anybody else."

Crown prosecutor Jodie Wooldridge told the court the offence happened in the complainant's bedroom within the Enoggera Barracks.

She said Jeffries knew the woman was intoxicated and unwell and the court heard Jeffries told police the complainant was "trashed".

"The offending was opportunistic and the complainant was in a vulnerable position," Ms Wooldridge said.

Jeffries' defence barrister told the court he was suspended from the Australian Defence Force - a job he had held since he was 19-years-old - in October 2014, but reinstated in May 2015.

The court heard Jeffries would be forced to show cause as to why he should continue to be a member of the Australian Defence Force.

"(My client) succumbed to the temptation that was presented to him," he said.

"His fall from grace is all but complete, it is almost certain he will be dismissed."

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren said the complainant's trust "had been destroyed by a consequence".

He ordered the 12-month prison sentence be suspended for an operational period of two years after Jeffries served 3 months.


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