Northern Ireland

Derry court clears man of sister-in-law rape

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A man who lives in County Waterford has been acquitted at Londonderry Crown Court of raping and indecently assaulting his sister-in-law.

The 42-year-old had been accused of carrying out the assaults over a nine-year period.

The abuse was alleged to have started in 1995 when she was six.

However, following a six-day trial the jury returned majority 10-2 not guilty verdicts on all 18 charges.

As the jury foreman read out the verdicts, the woman who had made the allegations - who cannot be named for legal reasons - wept and left the courtroom accompanied by her crying mother.