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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Man cleared of eight sex offences
Colin Inglis
The defendant used to be a Hull social worker
An ex-council leader and chairman of a police authority, accused of sex acts with a boy more than 20 years ago, has been cleared of some of the charges.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court was told to acquit Colin Inglis on eight indecent assault charges. He faces six others.

The complainant alleged Mr Inglis, 49, performed acts at a children's home in Hull where he was a social worker.

The judge said while Mr Inglis faced 10 counts at the home, the complainant said it had happened there only twice.

Judge James Stewart QC ordered the jury to bring in not guilty verdicts on eight of the counts he faced in connection with alleged acts at the home.

No defence evidence

The boy, who is now married and working as a financial adviser, also alleges that Mr Inglis indecently assaulted him on other occasions, including on a trip to north Wales and at a local leisure centre.

Mr Inglis, of Wellington Street West, Hull, now denies six counts of indecently assaulting a male person under the age of 16 between April 1982 and August 1983.

Defence counsel Malcolm Swift QC then told the court: "The defence elect to call no evidence at all."

The jury was sent home after being told closing speeches would begin on Thursday.


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