Frank Delli-Benedetti, centre, was fined $5000 and given a spent conviction over a 2011 indecent assault. His lawyer Tom Percy QC, right. Photo: Alex Riddell
The former dealer principal of prominent Perth car business Big Rock Toyota has avoided jail time over an indecent assault charge.
Frank Delli-Benedetti was given a spent conviction and a $5000 fine after he was charged with indecently assaulting his then 19-year-old employee in 2011 at the Balcatta car yard.
When handing down the sentence, the District Court judge said there was an inappropriate work culture at the dealership at the time of the incident, led by Mr Delli-Benedetti.
The judge also said despite Mr Delli-Benedetti showing no remorse over the crime he had already suffered as a result of the charges, including a breakdown of his marriage, loss of his job and significant financial loss.
During the trial the District Court heard the victim was asked to stay back at work later than usual before being called into the boardroom by Mr Delli-Benedetti.
The court was told he pinned the teen against a wall and said: "You’ve got to try it".
The 51-year-old, who was represented by Tom Percy QC, was originally charged with 10 similar offences involving two other women, but nine of those were discontinued, acquitted or ended with the jury unable to reach a decision.