Belfast Telegraph

Policeman is cleared of sex assault

By Ashleigh McDonald

A policeman from Birmingham has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in south Belfast.

Martin Asantaempaduh was charged with sexually and physically assaulting a woman after the two came into contact in the early hours of August 5, 2012.

The West Midlands police officer was cleared by a jury of sexual assault. However, following over four hours of deliberations, the jury failed to reach a verdict on the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Asantaempaduh, a 50-year old whose address was care of West Midlands Police, denied he pushed the woman into bushes in Windsor Avenue and attacked her. He made the case that he was trying to get her a taxi home.

The defendant and the woman came into contact with each other after she was ejected from the Eglantine Bar and he was walking back to Queen's Elms.

Following yesterday's verdicts, the case will be mentioned again at Belfast Crown Court later this month.

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