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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle court clears man of raping schoolgirl

A man accused of raping a schoolgirl before throwing her a £5 note for “a treat” has been found not guilty.

Related: 'Nothing happened,' says ex-soldier accused of raping schoolgirl

Stephen Barlow, 41, was cleared of six charges of rape at Carlisle Crown Court after a five-day trial.

All of the allegations dated back to the late 1980s when he lived in Maryport. His alleged victim was under 16 at the time.

During the trial the jury heard allegations that Barlow – who now lives in Charles Street, Mold, North Wales – raped the girl after telling her she would “never be loved”.

He pleaded not guilty, saying there was simply no truth in the allegations.

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