Wilberforce Barristers secure rape acquittals in 4-week sexual offence case.
Dale Brook leading Michael Forrest represented a client charged with 19 counts of sexual offences including two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.
The trial was heard by His Honour Judge Bury at Hull Crown Court.
The case involved allegations of fourteen youth complainants and the evidence of many other witnesses. The defence team had to manage large volumes of material relating to potential bad character and the cross examination of over 20 witnesses. The defendant gave evidence over the course of two days.
The defendant was found not guilty on all counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, and the jury were hung on the final count of sexual assault.
The Jury convicted on the remaining lesser counts.