A MAN has walked free from court after being cleared of sex and assault charges.
Patrick Bradley, 22, was found innocent of two allegations of sexual assault on a schoolgirl and also of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man.
The jury returned not guilty verdicts on all three counts yesterday after they started deliberating on Wednesday afternoon.
The four-day trial heard allegations that Mr Bradley forcibly kissed the girl against her wishes and forced her to touch him sexually.
In another incident, he was accused of attacking a man who suffered a fracture in his leg and needed medical attention.
The jury heard from numerous witnesses including the alleged victim of the sexual assault as well as Mr Bradley, of Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool.
He admitted hitting the man but the jury accepted that Mr Bradley had acted in self defence.