Geoffrey William Joyce.

Geoffrey William Joyce ... Was found guilty of three charges, but not guilty on three others. Photo: Colleen Petch

An army sergeant has been found guilty of raping a woman in her Canberra hotel room after a night out in Civic last year.

A jury took less than a day to deliver its verdict in the case, finding Geoffrey William Joyce, 31, guilty on two charges of sexual intercourse without consent and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but clearing him of another three charges. These were two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one alternative charge of committing an act of indecency.

Joyce was on leave from his base in Darwin in March last year, and visited Canberra on his 30th birthday.

He went out to Civic with friends on a Friday night, after an afternoon of drinking at a baseball game in Narrabundah.

Joyce lost one of his friends, and his phone battery went flat.

He was left by himself and without the address for the Curtin home he was supposed to sleep at that night. He approached the victim near King O’Malleys in Civic, noticing she had an iPhone.

He asked to use her phone charger, and the pair walked back to her hotel room on Northbourne Avenue.

Once inside, Joyce pushed her to the bed and raped her.

The Crown said he had told her to ‘‘stop f---ing crying’’, and at times grabbed her throat and slapped her.

He returned to Darwin, but was charged after CCTV vision of him leaving the hotel was released to the public.

Joyce stood trial in the ACT Supreme Court last week on six charges relating to the sexual assault.

He denied the allegations, saying he had never had sex with the woman, and had left the hotel room after she took off her pants and made suggestive remarks.

Joyce claimed he had first found out about the allegations after being shown a news item that pictured his face in a CCTV image.

He said he had then alerted his superiors to the news item, while denying committing the crime.

Crown prosecutor Louise Taylor accused Joyce of lying to help cover his tracks, and inventing a story that fit with the evidence he knew existed.

After the verdict was handed down, Joyce’s barrister Ray Livingston said he needed time to consider the ‘‘logical basis’’ for the mixed verdicts.

He said he had expected all of the verdicts to be the same, whether guilty or not guilty.

Joyce will be sentenced in early January, and Mr Livingston asked for bail for the period over Christmas.

Justice Hilary Penfold granted Joyce bail until sentencing proceedings begin on January 8.