Man accused of sex assaults in Elmswell is cleared by jury

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls at Elmswell has today been cleared by a jury.

Stephen Moorbey, 36, told Ipswich Crown Court that allegations made by the girls were a ‘pack of lies’.

The court had heard how Moorbey had been helping behind the bar at a party and disco at Hill Farm Stables in 2014.

Moorbey, of Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, was accused of putting his hand inside one girl’s shorts and touching another’s breast over her bra.

He pleaded not guilty to two offences of sexual assault and after more than five hours of deliberations was today found not guilty by the jury.

After the verdicts were announced, Judge John Devaux told Moorbey that he was free to leave the court.

The two girls gave evidence to the trial through recorded interviews and claimed that they had been assaulted by Moorbey who sat between them as they listened to music at the riding stables.

Prosecuting, Marc Brown said the girls confided in a friend about what they said took place and police became involved, resulting in Moorbey being arrested.

Giving evidence, Moorbey told the jury that the allegations made by the two girls were a ‘pack of lies’.

Moorbey denied a prosecution suggestion that he had been ‘out of control’ after drinking and said he had not sat with the girls or indecently touched them. He told the court that he ran a property maintenance business and had been helping out behind the bar at the event and had not behaved improperly.