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