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Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell cleared of child rape

2013-09-10 16:51:03

Michael Le Vell
Michael Le Vell mouthed "thank you" to the
jury as he was found not guilty

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been cleared of raping a child.

Mr Le Vell, 48, of Hale, Greater Manchester, denied 12 charges in total, including five of rape.

Manchester Crown Court heard the girl, who cannot be named, claimed she was abused from the age of six until she was 14.

Mr Le Vell, who has played garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the soap for 30 years, was tried under his real name Michael Turner.

The jury of eight women and four men took four hours to return verdicts of not guilty on all counts.

Jury 'thanks'

The actor had also faced charges of indecent assault, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

As the verdicts were read out, Mr Le Vell nodded to the jury and mouthed "thank you" as relatives in court sobbed.

His accuser, now aged 17, had told the court he had raped her while putting a teddy bear over her mouth to keep her quiet.

She alleged that he had told her he was "just getting rid of all the evil and bad inside me".

But Alisdair Williamson, for the defence, said her evidence was "inconsistent" and "unbelievable" with an "agonising lack of detail".

Source: bbc.co.uk

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