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An American Marine who drunkenly groped a woman in a Territory nightclub has promised to hold his mates to account and prevent future seedy assaults.
Kymani Powell appeared in Darwin Local Court on Friday to plead guilty to unlawfully assaulting a woman at the Landmark Hotel on Roystonea Ave, on April 30.
Prosecutor Marty Aust said the Connecticut man “forcefully groped” his victim, who was unable to defend herself in the popular nightclub.
“This was an uninvited, unwanted intrusion on an intimate area of her body by a stranger,” Mr Aust said.
Defence barrister Mary Chalmers said 21-year-old Powell had struggled with being separated from his family, and was appalled by his own actions.
“It was … an ill-advised lapse in his otherwise exemplary character.”
Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris found him guilty, but did not record a conviction. Powell was also fined $150.