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David Morton Secures Acquittal in Sexual Assault Trial at Manchester Crown Square

by Kenworthy's Chambers 05/04/2018

Succeeding a 2-day trial at Manchester Crown Square David Morton and instructing solicitors, Cartwright King, secured an acquittal for their client. The defendant was charged with sexual assault, contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, when the complainant, the defendant's ex-partner, reported an incident of inappropriate touching to the police; the complainant stated she did not consent and believed the defendant was aware she did not consent.

The client stated how the touching did occur, however, he believed the complainant consented to the sexual behaviour and initiated the sexual behaviour between the defendant and herself. Following a successful defence case and speeches, the Jury reached a Not Guilty verdict within 20 minutes from retiring.