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Abuse claims 'fuelled by hatred'
Colin Inglis
Colin Inglis was a social worker in Hull
A jury at Leeds Crown Court has been told sex claims against a former police chairman were a pack of lies.

Former Hull council leader and ex-chair of Humberside Police Authority Colin Inglis is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy more than 20 years ago.

The defence said the alleged victim had repeatedly lied about events.

Malcolm Swift QC said: "He has a hatred of Mr Inglis for political reasons. He had a disgust of him because of his homosexuality."

Mr Inglis's accuser, now married with a daughter, alleges that the former social worker indecently assaulted him at a children's home in Hull and elsewhere.

He is not a witness whose word can be trusted
Malcolm Swift QC, defending

Malcolm Swift QC, defending, told the jury the alleged victim had lied to the police, and in interviews with journalists.

"He is not a witness whose word can be trusted," said Mr Swift.

He said the jury should acquit Mr Inglis on all the charges which he faced.

Mr Inglis, of Wellington Street West, Hull, faces a total of six counts of indecently assaulting the boy.

He was acquitted on the judge's direction on Wednesday of eight other counts.

The trial is continuing.


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