Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons was found not guilty by a jury on 10th April of the nine sexual offences that he faced. This was after only four hours or so deliberation by the jury.
The charges that Mr Evans faced were as follows :
- one count of rape (in 2013)
- two of indecent assault (in 2002-2003 – approaching two different men in their 20s whilst drunk and putting his hands down their trousers)
- five of sexual assault (the exact allegations are not clear, but include cupping the genitals of a man in a House of Commons Bar)
- one of attempted sexual assault (this was amended during the trial from an allegation of sexual assault – trying to kiss )
These were alleged to have been carried out between 2002 and 2013 on seven different complainants.
The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between 1 January 2002 and 1 January 2004.
The sexual assaults are alleged to have taken place between 1 January 2009 and 1 April last year, and the rape between 29 March and 1 April last year.
A couple of articles of relevance :
Mr Evans remains as an MP and will presumably try to pick up the pieces and carry on with his life. Despite being cleared of all the charges, Mr Evans will be a poorer man – he paid privately and won’t get his money back.