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Derry woman cleared in penis knife claim case

By George Jackson

A woman aged 50 who was alleged to have threatened to cut off her younger lover's penis after he admitted being in a relationship with another woman has walked free from court.

On the second day of the trial of Jaqueline Taylor, a prosecution barrister told Judge Geoffrey Miller QC that the prosecution was "offering no further evidence in the case".

It had been alleged that Ms Taylor, from Glenhouse Mews in Eglinton, stripped naked in her Old School Field apartment in Drumahoe on October 27, 2010 and in an hysterical state threatened her then lover Wayne Simpson (31) with an eight-inch long knife. She had denied charges of threatening to kill, attempting to wound and assaulting her ex-lover.

Mr Simpson was due to have resumed being cross-examined by defence barrister Brian McCartney QC yesterday morning at Londonderry Crown Court.

He had already denied suggestions by Mr McCartney that he liked to dress up in Ms Taylor's clothes and wear her jewellery.

However, he agreed that he had accepted gifts of money from Ms Taylor during their relationship and had used some of the money to join a local golf club.

Before the cross-examination resumed, prosecution barrister George Chesney said that as a result of instructions he had received overnight, he was offering no further evidence in the case.

Judge Miller then recalled the five women and seven men on the jury to the courtroom and told them that on the basis of the evidence already opened, the prosecution had taken the appropriate decision not to offer further evidence.

Ms Taylor wept in the dock as Judge Miller directed the jury to find her not guilty of the three charges.

However, Judge Miller said he was concerned about the events which had occurred in Ms Taylor's flat in October 2010 and he imposed a restraining order on her, banning her from any direct or indirect contact with her ex-lover for two years.

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