Taxi driver acquitted of raping female passenger
A taxi-driver has been acquitted of raping a passenger after he picked the woman up when she found herself locked out of a pub.
The 62-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the now 40-year-old woman at a secluded area in the country on July 10, 2011.
The jury of seven women and five men returned its verdict following just under three and half hours deliberation.
Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan thanked the jurors for their service and excused them from duty for ten years. She told the man he was discharged from the indictment and free to go.