Local News & Archive — May 13, 2016 at 10:05 am — Updated: May 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

Ex-Rhyl mayor cleared of historic rape allegations

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A former Rhyl Town Mayor has been cleared of raping a young woman in the 1970s.

David Simmons, a county councillor for Rhyl East, denied the allegations brought forward by a woman in her fifties, who claimed she had been raped at Theatr Clwyd in Mold during the interval of an amateur play. The 68 year-old from Rhuddlan was acquitted by a jury.

Another man, 64 year-old Ronald Jones from Kinmel Bay, was also found not guilty of indecent assault at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday.

The prosecution had claimed both men kissed and groped the woman in a darkened room before Mr Simmons asked Mr Jones to leave the room before she was raped. During the trial, Mr Jones recalled all three had entered a darkened room in an incident but denied anything sexual took place.

Mr Simmons had described the allegations as ”absolute nonsense” and would not have done anything sexual in any interval and would not have had the opportunity to do so. The jury took less than two hours to clear both defendants.

Speaking outside court on Thursday, Mr Simmons said he now wanted to return to his work as a councillor as before: ”It’s been the longest 19 months of my life. I now want the opportunity to continue with my life and work in the community after being vindicated by the jury.”

 

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