A man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two men has been found not guilty on one count of administering a substance with intent.

Luiz Da Silva Neto, 35, of Wandsworth, south London, denies drugging two men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, potentially with GHB or GBL and sexually assaulting them in November and December 2021.

He was accused of two counts of administering a substance with intent, two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one count of kidnapping, rape and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

The Oxford Crown Court jury, which retired at about 1pm on Tuesday, has not yet reached verdicts on the other counts.

At about 2.45pm on Wednesday, jurors unanimously cleared Da Silva Neto of one count of administering a substance with intent to stupefy/overpower to allow sexual activity, in relation to an encounter with his second alleged victim on December 10 2021.

The second alleged victim was a married man who was on a night out with work colleagues in central London hotspot Raffles before he was allegedly assaulted at a property in Oxfordshire, the court heard.

The man told the trial he has vague memories of events that night.

They included feeling “strange” when he spoke to the doorman at the club, having a cup with a “dark brown liquid” being held to his lips at some point and waking naked in a strange room.

Da Silva Neto said he was “high” and looking for drugs that night but claimed the married man did not seem intoxicated when they met and he denied spiking the man’s drink, the court heard.

Judge Michael Gledhill QC released the jury until Thursday morning, when he will ask them to retire again to continue their deliberations in the hope of achieving further unanimous verdicts.

But he said he will now accept majority verdicts, where at least 10 of the 12 agree.

Da Silva Neto, who says his encounters with both men were consensual, was wearing an open-collared light blue shirt and at one point earlier appeared to smile in the direction of the public gallery.

The jury heard the first alleged assault took place at a house in Middle Barton, Oxfordshire.

The first man and Da Silva Neto had shots of Jagermeister before the alleged victim began to feel tired and went to sleep fully clothed before waking up naked, the court heard.

Da Silva Neto told the court “he was consenting” and “awake” when the pair had intimate contact.

Prosecutor Matthew Walsh said the prosecution’s case is that Da Silva Neto drugged the first victim, which the defendant denied.

When leaving the property, the alleged victim noticed what he described as a syringe on the side of the kitchen and became convinced he had been drugged, the court heard.

Mr Walsh earlier described the drug as an “aphrodisiac” which has “euphoric and hallucinogenic effects”.