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Selby shop-fitters cleared of mock crucifixion claim

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Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Joseph Rose, Andrew Addison, Christopher Jackson and Alex Puchir were cleared of faith crimes

Four shop-fitters accused of taking part in the mock crucifixion of a teenage Catholic apprentice have been cleared of faith crimes by a jury.

Andrew Addison, 30, Joseph Rose, 21, Christopher Jackson, 22, and Alex Puchir, 37, were found not guilty of religiously aggravated assault.

It was alleged the men had tied the teenager to a wooden cross and suspended it above the ground.

They were cleared of the offence after a trial at York Crown Court.

Addison, from Selby, was also cleared of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment but found guilty of assault by beating.

Rose, from Bubwith, East Yorkshire, was convicted of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.

The court heard the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was an apprentice shop-fitter at Selby-based Direct Interior Solutions and was part of a team led by Addison.

Judge Paul Batty said: "You have been convicted of a very unpleasant offence. Each of you should have known better."

Both men will be sentenced next month.

Mr Jackson, from Barlby, North Yorkshire, and Mr Puchir, from Edinburgh, were cleared of any wrong doing.

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