A 28-year-old electrician broke down in tears in the dock as a jury cleared him of attempting to rape a woman in her Scarborough home.
Sean McEwan slumped back into his chair as the jury returned their unanimous verdict after about 90 minutes of deliberation at the end of a four-day trial at Bradford Crown Court.
McEwan, of Nightingale Lane, Scarborough, was also found not guilty of falsely imprisoning the same woman at her home in May last year.
At the start of his trial on Monday McEwan did admit breaching a court order and today/yesterday (thurs) Judge Jonathan Rose sentenced him to a two-year community order which includes a requirement to do 200 hours unpaid work.
The prosecution had alleged that the complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been attacked by McEwan during the early hours and following his arrest he admitted going to the house.
But he maintained that although there may have been an argument he had not committed the offences.
The court heard that the complainant had been out drinking on the night of the alleged attack and during cross-examination by McEwan’s barrister David Gordon she was asked about her recollection of the events.
“I’m suggesting that your recollection of the events that occurred in your bedroom in the early hours of that morning were inevitably clouded by the huge amount of alcohol which you must have had in the pub to render you legless,” said Mr Gordon.
“No,” replied the woman.
Sentencing McEwan for breaching the court order Judge Rose told him that he would not get a second chance if he failed to comply with the sentence he had imposed.
The judge warned him that he could face 12 months in jail if breached the community order.