A MARCH man has been cleared of attempting to abduct two girls as they went to a fair in March.
On Thursday, Richard Litton (42), of Acre Road, was acquitted of the allegations relating to two girls, aged 11 and 12, on March 29.
Mr Litton had denied two counts of attempting to take a child so as to remove her from a person who has lawful control.
On the fourth day of the trial and after more than five hours of deliberation, the jury at Peterborough Crown Court returned a not guilty verdict to both counts.
The prosecution alleged Mr Litton grabbed the two girls by the shoulder and said “you two girls are coming with me” as they walked down an alley at the side of the Red Lion pub, before they wriggled free and ran away from him.
He told the court the words attributed to him by the prosecution were directed at his dog – a one-year-old German shepherd cross Labrador who had pulled him towards the girls – and were in fact “no you don’t, you come with me”.
On Tuesday, the court had been told that in his interview with police, Mr Litton said he could not remember what had happened on the evening of the alleged offence due to the amount of alcohol he had drunk.
But in court admitted lying about not being able to recall that day out of “sheer panic” although he was “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the incident.