Judge found not guilty of exposing himself


BRITAIN:A senior judge who was found not guilty yesterday of exposing himself to a woman on a train said he was "delighted" that his name had been cleared.

Sir Stephen Richards, who sits in the Court of Appeal as Lord Justice Richards, was cleared at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London after a two-day trial.

Sir Stephen (56), a married father of three, had denied two counts of "intentionally exposing his genitals intending that someone would see them and would be caused alarm or distress".

He was accused of "flashing" at a woman on a train between Wimbledon and Waterloo on October 16th and October 24th last year.

Judge Timothy Workman said that the case came down to his word against hers.

Although the woman, a city worker in her 20s, had given "clear, dignified and truthful evidence", there was "insufficient evidence" to back up her identification of Sir Stephen, Judge Workman said.

On the court steps after the verdict, Sir Stephen, accompanied by his wife, Lucy, said: "Throughout the trial, I have put my trust in the legal process, and I am delighted that it has enabled me to clear my name. Lucy and I would like to express our deep gratitude to our family and friends for their tremendous kindness and support." - (PA)