A man accused of sexual assault after allegedly putting his finger inside a woman’s bottom during consensual sex with her has been found not guilty.
A jury of six men and six women took just two hours and one minute to unanimously acquit Scott Howard of assault by penetration.
The 26-year-old had been accused of sexually assaulting his lover while she was on top of him during sex in March last year.
Leeds Crown Court previously heard the pair had been drinking alone in the woman’s Huddersfield home after talking on Facebook.
Scott Howard (pictured), 26, of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire was acquitted of assault by penetration after being accused of putting his finger inside his lover’s bottom
Opening the trial, Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, said: ‘She agreed to sexual intercourse with him.
‘In doing that act, he then put his finger up her bottom. It was painful. She told him to stop.’
Mr Woolfall said this went on for several minutes until the woman got off the defendant, asking him why he did not stop.
In a video recording of the woman’s police interview, she claimed the defendant immediately denied putting his finger in her – and denied even having sex with her, adding: ‘He was, like, trying to convince me that nothing had happened – that I was going totally crazy.’
She also claimed Mr Howard told her he had recently ended a long-term relationship and had been trying to convince her to have sex for hours, but she did not want to and she does not know why she got on top of him on the sofa, describing herself as ‘quite easily influenced’.
The alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had known Howard, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire for years but they had never been in a relationship.
The 26-year-old (pictured) had been accused of sexually assaulting his lover while she was on top of him during sex in March last year
During cross-examination, she said she did not orgasm during sex with the defendant and they had only been having intercourse for about five minutes when it happened.
John Batchelor, defending, said: ‘But then your mood suddenly changed.’
The woman replied: ‘When he inserted his finger and it hurt, yeah.’
In tears, she added: ‘Normally when you are having sex you are supposed to stop if someone says no.’
Mr Batchelor asked the woman if she had even accused Howard of rape afterwards, to which she replied that she could not remember.
He asked: ‘Did you feel at that point that you had simply let yourself down and felt used?’ She replied: ‘No.’
Mr Batchelor said that his client accepted having sex with her, but said that the offence never happened.
There were cheers from the public gallery as the jury foreperson delivered the verdict.
There were cheers from the public gallery as the jury foreperson delivered the verdict of not guilty at Leeds Crown Court (pictured)