North West Wales

Jury discharged in PC Gary Donnelly sex claim case

Caernarfon Crown Court
Image caption The jury at Caernarfon Crown Court was discharged after seven hours of deliberation

A jury has been discharged in the trial of a North Wales Police constable accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

PC Gary Donnelly, 47, from Llandudno in Conwy, was cleared of attempting to rape the 14-year-old girl in 2002.

But a judge dismissed the Caernarfon Crown Court jury after they failed to reach verdicts on two further charges of sexual assault.

Prosecutors have yet to decide if they will ask for a retrial.

PC Donnelly will be told in the next week if the case will be pursued. In the meantime, he remains on bail.

He had denied all charges against him and was cleared of the attempted rape allegation on Thursday.

But the jury were unable to reach verdicts on the two outstanding charges, after deliberating for nearly seven hours.

The police officer, who has been suspended from North Wales Police since his arrest, told the trial that the allegations against him were lies.

He joined the force in 2003, and was a community beat officer in Llandudno, winning the North Wales Police Federation's community service award for 2011.

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