Wigan student's rape trial collapses

A Wigan student charged with rape has been cleared after two juries were unable to come to a verdict.

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 6:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 11:46 am
Josh Lines

Josh Lines, 23, of Abbeyfields, Beech Hill, hung his head as a second jury returned from nine hours of deliberation to deliver no verdict today (Thursday).

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The former Winstanley College student, who has already been through one trial, which resulted in the same outcome at Manchester Crown Court, has now been cleared of all charges and a verdict of not guilty has been recorded following the result.

Mr Lines was discharged from the dock by the judge after the prosecution said it wasn't in the interests of justice to have a third trial because the circumstances of the case were not exceptional.