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Man found unanimously not guilty of alleged rape of woman in Penrith

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been found not guilty, unanimously, of three charges which alleged the rape of a woman in Penrith.

Mark George Farrell, 28, went on trial earlier this week at Carlisle Crown Court.

Farrell denied three charges. Each of these alleged the rape of a woman in Penrith during the early hours of April 1.

They arose out of an incident in a town centre alleyway. Giving evidence during the trial, Farrell insisted that a sexual encounter involving him and the woman was entirely consensual.

His lawyer, Brian Williams, had asked him: “Whilst it was happening, did she say anything or do anything to make you think she didn’t want this to happen?”

“Absolutely not,” replied Farrell.

And this afternoon (THURS), a jury of six men and six women found Farrell not guilty, unanimously, on all three charges.

After the verdicts were returned, Farrell, of St Ann’s Crescent, Carlisle, was fined £50 by Judge James Adkin, having previously admitted possession of the class A drug cocaine on April 1.

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