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Jury unanimously clears grandfather of propositioning two young girls
6:10pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Local
A GRANDFATHER has been cleared at Worcester Crown Court of making lewd comments and propositioning two young girls.
A jury retired for an hour to decide that former British Leyland worker Derrick Wicks, aged 76, of Stapleton Close, Redditch, was not guilty.
During a two-day trial, he had denied inciting children under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and to assaulting one by grabbing her arm.
Prosecutor Stephen Davies said the children were playing near Wicks' home when he began talking to them as he walked his dog. The police were called when they reported his comments to their mothers.
Wicks denied making inappropriate comments such as asking them if they were virgins and whether they wanted to have sex.
He said he had grandchildren of his own and he would not even make such comments to his wife, to whom he had been married 28 years.
After the unanimous verdicts, Mr Davies applied for a restraining order to prevent Wicks contacting, by an means, any of the girls named in the charges.
This was granted by Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC.
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