Man has sex abuse convictions quashed
A man found guilty of molesting his partner's daughter has succeeded in having his convictions quashed.
Judges in the Court of Appeal overturned guilty verdicts on two counts of sexual assault due to inadequacies in the charge to the jury. The man, who is in his early 40s but cannot be named, will not face a retrial.
He had been sentenced to three years' probation and subjected to a sexual offences prevention order after being convicted of two out of nine counts at Belfast Crown Court in December 2012.
It was claimed he carried out the sexual assaults between June 2009 and September 2010.
The alleged victim was aged between 15 and 17 at the relevant times. Lawyers for the man appealed the conviction on grounds including claims of deficiencies in the trial judge's summing up.
Ruling, Lord Justice Girvan said the jury's rejection of a complainant's credibility on some counts must play into assessment of her credibility on others.