A former legal adviser vowed never to set foot in a Wan Chai bar again after being cleared yesterday of raping a woman he met at a disco. 'I never want to see a bar like that again,' James Simon Robert Wilkins, 36, said outside the Court of First Instance. 'I'm planning to leave for Australia.' Representing himself, Mr Wilkins had admitted taking a 42-year-old Filipina overstayer to his Wan Chai flat and having sex with her after late-night dancing and drinking on February 21. But he maintained that the sex was consensual. The woman, he said, accused him of rape because she could extend her visa while awaiting the trial. She is expected to be deported in several days. In an impassioned summing up to the jury earlier in the day, Mr Wilkins said his decision to bring a strange woman home to where his wife was sleeping was a gross misjudgment which could 'smash to pieces my personal reputation and deprive me of my liberty with my family'. He said his six days in court were about the 'power every woman realises she has, and every man's fears if he ever thought about it - to be accused of rape'. 'I never again want to meet a strange woman in a strange bar. I never again want to drink too much,' he said. 'It was a grave error of judgment to associate myself with a desperate woman. But a rapist? No.' The prosecution had alleged Mr Wilkins lured the woman back to his flat from the Strawberry disco in Wan Chai, threatened to kill her and raped and sodomised her. The jury found Mr Wilkins not guilty of rape and non-consensual sodomy. Prosecutor John Dunn told jurors they should remember the woman's emotional testimony, her initial reluctance to make a rape report as she was an overstayer and scientific evidence supporting the charge. Deputy Judge Gerald Muttrie thanked the jury and said: 'This case has been a difficult one for you and a particularly unpleasant one for you to hear because there has been a lot of evidence of quite unpleasant and disgusting matters that you have had to deal with.' Married to 30-year-old Yasuko Suzuki, Mr Wilkins lost his job as a legal adviser to a major banking firm soon after being charged with rape.