‘My 2 year hell’ by man cleared of sex charges

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has spo­ken of his ‘two years of liv­ing hell’ af­ter be­ing cleared of com­mit­ting his­toric sex of­fences against two chil­dren.

An­drew McLean, 45, was not guilty of in­de­cent as­sault and gross in­de­cency by a unan­i­mous jury at Ch­ester Crown Court.

Mr McLean, of Daw­son Close, Mac­cles­field, had de­nied the charges through­out the trial.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Kather­ine Pier­point, de­fend­ing Mr McLean, said there were in­con­sis­ten­cies in the pros­e­cu­tion case be­cause the al­leged of­fences ‘didn’t hap­pen’.

She told the jury: “When you add all those de­tails to­gether you have to ques­tion if those ac­counts are truth­ful, ac­cu­rate or plau­si­ble.”

Recorder Richard Pratt QC or­dered the jury to be­gin its de­lib­er­a­tions on Wed­nes­day last week and took less than three hours to clear Mr McLean of all charges.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, Mr McLean said: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the Mac­cles­field Ex­press for giv­ing me the chance to present my com­ments fol­low­ing my unan­i­mous ac­quit­tal and the de­ci­sion of the courts, which con­firms my ver­sion of events.

“I would like to say that th­ese last two years have been a liv­ing hell for my­self and my im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

“I am now at last able to move for­ward with a clean slate and my hon­our in­tact. I wish to ex­press my grat­i­tude to ev­ery­one who has con­stantly been there and sup­ported my fam­ily and I from the start of our or­deal. I would also like to thank my le­gal team, Yates Ardern Solic­i­tors and Lin­coln House Cham­bers for en­sur­ing jus­tice was served.”

●● An­drew McLean was ac­quit­ted by a jury of com­mit­ting his­toric sex of­fences against chil­dren

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