Man cleared of historic abuse allegations

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A Blackpool man has been cleared of allegations he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl more than four decades ago.

David Warburton, 53, always denied he had carried out a string of sex attacks on the schoolgirl when he was a teenager.

Mr Warburton, of Honister Avenue, was charged with attempted rape, indecency with a child, three counts of indecent assault, attempted indecency with a child and inciting a child to engage in gross indecency.

The jury found him not guilty on every count.

He always maintained he had not carried out the offences, which were alleged to have taken place at his home in the 1970s.

Mr Warburton told the court the woman who 
had made the complaints against him had “a vivid imagination”.

The prosecution said the victim had spoken about the allegations to a friend at the time but maintained a silence, and that she told her mum once she was 16, but was advised her to keep the matter to herself. She then told her husband and sister more recently, leading to Mr Warburton’s arrest.

However, following a five- day trial at Preston Crown Court the jury found no evidence to suggest Mr Warburton was guilty of any of the offences.

Jurors found him not guilty of all the charges.