Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

A tradesman detained on a cruise ship for six days following a disastrous threesome with two younger girls can have an estimated $400,000 payday.

Air-con technician Daniel Rawlings, 32, was awarded authorized prices by a NSW District Courtroom decide on Monday after successful his case towards Royal Caribbean. 

Mr Rawlings boarded the cruise liner’s ‘Schoolies’ themed Explorer of the Seas ship in November 2016 however his 10 day vacation became a traumatic years-long ordeal. 

He was falsely accused of raping an 18-year-old girl after she was discovered wandering the corridors ‘bare, intoxicated and disoriented’ one morning.  

Mr Rawlings, from Sydney’s north, gained $100,000 in damages final December. A well-placed supply estimated his authorized prices to be price an extra $300,000.  

Rawlings was detained midway by way of his vacation in situations Decide John Hatzistergos described as akin to ‘solitary confinement’. 

Rawlings claimed at one level he was left solely in his underwear. He wasn’t launched till the ship returned to Sydney.

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Tradesman Daniel Rawlings, left along with his greatest mate Matthew Champion, proper, previous to the cruise ship incident 

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Rawlings (left and proper, with a good friend who’s unrelated to the case) was awarded $100,000 after being detained for six days of a ten day cruise to the south Pacific 

Final yr Decide Hatzistergos discovered the ship’s captain, Rick Sullivan, was justified in initially detaining Rawlings, investigating the incident and selecting to refer it to New Caledonia regulation enforcement. 

However the decide dominated that his additional days-long detention ‘comprising situations akin to solitary confinement for the rest of the journey again to Sydney … was not affordable.’

Royal Caribbean intends to enchantment.  

Flirty second on the dancefloor  

At trial final yr, the District Courtroom heard that Mr Rawlings picked up an 18-year-old girl on the dancefloor on the ship’s Dizzy’s Nightclub on November 13, 2016. The pair had intercourse in his cabin. 

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Rawlings recommended a threesome with one other teenage lady 

The subsequent night, on the identical venue, Rawlings recommended they’ve a threesome with a second passenger, Ms A, additionally 18.

The courtroom heard proof that after a second on the dancefloor they stumbled again to Rawlings’ cabin.

There, the trio started kissing, touching and undressing one another, earlier than taking turns having intercourse. 

The courtroom heard it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Rawlings’ roommate Mr Champion stormed out along with his blanket and sought out a deck chair to sleep on. 

‘Not once more,’ he stated.

Rawlings advised the courtroom he pushed the 2 single beds collectively and the trio ‘had intercourse for a number of hours which he later refined to greater than an hour, probably two,’ Decide John Hatzistergos recounted in his judgment.

However the courtroom heard Ms A fell ailing. Rawlings advised the courtroom he helped Ms A into the lavatory so she might vomit and have a bathe.

‘While that occurred, the (Rawlings) acknowledged that he started having intercourse with (the opposite girl), however solely have (the sick girl) was feeling higher,’ the judgment stated.

Mr Rawlings and the second girl advised the courtroom that they had fallen asleep. However later that evening, ship safety have been referred to as.

Ms A had been discovered bare in one other visitor’s room after 5am, one guard saying the younger girl stated: ‘I do not know what occurred. All I do know is I’m dancing in Dizzy’s and am searching for a toilet.’ 

In his judgment, Decide Hatzistergos recalled the ship’s crew members have been involved the confused younger girl was too intoxicated to have the ability to consent to intercourse, with one categorising the incident as ‘sexual assault – rape’ based mostly upon that. 

Ms A’s mom was additionally frightened her daughter might have been drugged through the episode. 

An onboard drug screening take a look at recorded a damaging consequence. 

Confined in his board shorts

Rawlings was confined to a room by the ship’s crew members, the District Courtroom was advised. 

It was claimed in courtroom that he was left carrying solely a pair of board shorts for 2 days, and needed to wash them within the ensuite sink.

After greater than 36 hours in custody, on the morning of November 17, a senior investigator on the cruise line’s World Safety firm advised the the ship’s crew Rawlings had been detained for an extreme period of time and ought to be launched and instructed to not go close to Ms A, the courtroom heard.

Hours later, the ship’s captain Rick Sullivan met with Ms A’s mom. 

The courtroom heard the mom turned ‘very emotional’ on the prospect of Rawlings’ launch and threatened to ‘throw the suspect overboard if he’s launched from custody’.

Rawlings advised the courtroom on the fourth day of his confinement, he heard Ms A’s mom exterior his room. 

She was livid, insisting Rawlings might escape and ought to be certain and restrained. 

‘He’s in there. He raped my daughter,’ she stated, Rawlings advised the courtroom.

Rawlings was lowered to tears by the wrongful declare, telling the courtroom it left him ‘destroyed’ and the accusation nonetheless impacts him to at the present time.  Rawlings stated he could be the primary particular person to help, assist and luxury a girl who he felt was being mistreated. 

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

The tradesman was on board the Explorer of the Seas in November 2016, holidaying with a pal – nevertheless it turned to catastrophe and he was imprisoned for days

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

The cruise ship was travelling from Sydney to Vanuatu, return, on the time. Above, an island close to Port Vila 

The tradesman claimed that, whereas in confinement, he waited two days earlier than he was given generic garments from the ship’s reward retailer. 

A safety guard sat exterior the door and would are available in each half-hour to verify on him, he alleged. 

On one event, the guard got here in whereas he was bare and it was ‘very embarrassing’, Rawlings claimed. 

Captain Sullivan advised the courtroom he selected to detain Rawlings till the ship returned to Sydney on November 20.

If the mom and Rawlings bumped into each other it might have brought about battle, the courtroom heard, and he didn’t have sufficient safety guards to observe Rawlings. 

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Daniel Rawlings: Tradie wins one other courtroom victory over Royal Caribbean cruise ship threesome

Police boarded the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship when it docked at Round Quay in November 2016  and questioned Rawlings over the threesome incident. No costs have been laid

Rawlings was interviewed by NSW Police upon arrival in Sydney Harbour. Officers had no jurisdiction and referred the matter to the Federal Police, the courtroom heard.

The AFP didn’t press costs towards Rawlings for a number of causes, together with that Ms A hadn’t supplied an account of what occurred throughout three vital hours, the opposite girl had given an account that the intercourse by all three members was consensual, and a scarcity of proof from the crime scene or Rawlings’ cellphone.

Decide Hatzistergos discovered Rawlings’ accounts of his detention have been ‘in some respects unreliable and exaggerated’.

However after cautious scrutiny of Rawlings’ proof, the decide present in his favour, ordering fee of $97,344 by Royal Caribbean, whose legal professionals sought to remain the judgment.

Rawlings was represented by Bondi solicitor Sharron Vogel of Walker Regulation Group.  

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