- Shaun Smith was alleged to have left traces of his saliva on the woman’s toes
- A court heard Smith, 54, was told to stop and tried to put his hand up her skirt
- A jury took just 15 minutes to find him not guilty at Maidstone Crown Court
Shaun Smith (pictured) was accused of sexually assaulting a woman by licking her toes
A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman by licking her toes has been cleared after telling police his DNA was left on her foot – because he was sneezing from a heavy cold.
Shaun Smith was alleged to have left traces of his saliva on the woman after he knelt in front of her to kiss her bare feet.
A court heard she repeatedly told the 54-year-old to stop and claimed he also tried to put his hand up her skirt before pinning her down on a sofa and kissing her neck and chest.
But Smith denied there had been any sexual touching, and when confronted by police with the forensic evidence said he had a heavy cold and was sneezing.
Maidstone Crown Court in Kent heard he also claimed his alleged victim had been rubbing herself against him and must have planted his DNA on her feet.
Smith, of Sheerness, Kent, denied sexual assault in September 2015 and was found not guilty by the jury of eight men and four women after just 15 minutes’ deliberation today.
Smith was found not guilty at Maidstone Crown Court (pictured) after telling police his DNA was left on the woman’s foot because he was sneezing from a heavy cold