Coun­cil­lor is found not guilty of two sex­ual of­fence charges

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A COUN­CIL­LOR has been cleared of two sex­ual of­fence al­le­ga­tions fol­low­ing a trial at Merthyr Tyd­fil Crown Court.

Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil­lor Wil­liam Haydn Rees Jones, 67, de­nied two counts of sex­ual as­sault against two dif­fer­ent women.

Last Fri­day he walked out of court a free man af­ter the jury reached a not-guilty ver­dict.

Sighs of relief were heard from Jones’ sup­port­ers in the pub­lic gallery when the ver­dict was reached.

When the case was opened the court heard how the coun­cil­lor was al­leged to have “put his hands all over” a woman in one in­ci­dent, which was al­leged to have taken place in Tre­orchy in March 2015.

In the sec­ond in­ci­dent in Jan­uary this year, Mr Jones was ac­cused of us­ing an elec­tric body mas­sager on a woman’s breasts and groin area.

He told the court the in­ci­dent was not sex­ual and was in­stead to help with a chest in­fec­tion.

He told the court: “I said to [the vic­tim] that I use a mas­sager on my mother for cir­cu­la­tion and when she has a bad chest. It re­ally works well.”

Jones said he then used the elec­tric body mas­sager on the al­leged vic­tim’s shoul­ders and legs over her cloth­ing.

When asked by de­fence bar­ris­ter Susan Fer­rier if he sex­u­ally as­saulted ei­ther of the women, Jones, replied: “No I did not.”

The jury found Mr Jones not guilty of both counts.

Cllr Will Jones

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