Dorset

Man cleared of Weymouth child sex attack

A man has been cleared of attacking a six-year-old girl whose bedroom he was found in after a night out drinking.

Jervaise Jones, 26, was accused of sexually assaulting the child after entering the house in Weymouth, Dorset, in the early hours of 18 October 2016.

Mr Jones had denied sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was cleared at Bournemouth Crown Court following a three-day trial.

The prosecution told jurors the girl had been asleep in her bed when Mr Jones entered the room and removed her "onesie" pyjamas.

Jurors were told the girl later went into her parents' room and told them there was a man in her bedroom who had touched her.

Prosecutors said her stepfather found Mr Jones asleep in the child's bunk bed, naked from the waist down.

Mr Jones, of no fixed address, told the court he had no recollection of how he ended up in the house. He said he had a female friend who lived nearby and must have entered the wrong house by mistake after a night out drinking.

Jurors, who returned a not guilty verdict, heard none of his DNA was found on the girl's body and he had not previously committed any sexual offences.

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