Man given restraining order but cleared of rape

Liverpool Crown Court
Liverpool Crown Court

A 21-year-old man accused of twice raping a woman has been cleared but has been handed an eight year restraining order.

Luke Mobey, of Grattan Court, Worsley, Salford, denied two offences of raping the woman at a party on Boxing Day in Leigh last year and faced trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

But after his alleged victim’s video recorded police interview was played to the jury, prosecuting counsel Henry Riding offered no further evidence.

Judge David Aubrey, QC directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts but imposed an eight year restraining order to keep Mobey away from the young woman.