23 May 2022

Derry man found not guilty of raping teenage girl in Spanish hotel

Jury returns unanimous verdict after just 28 minutes deliberation

A 35-years-old Derry man has been found not guilty of raping a teenage girl in a Spanish hotel over five years ago.
The jury of seven men and five women at Derry Crown Court acquitted Michael Cregan, of Ferguson Street, with a unanimous verdict after just 28 minutes of deliberation.

It was the first case of its kind to be held in the North involving a U.K. resident being tried for an offence which allegedly occurred outside the U.K.
The girl had alleged that the defendant had raped her as she slept, following a day's drinking, in the bedroom which they shared with two other adults.
The defendant told the jury that he twice had consensual sexual intercourse with the complainant on the night she claimed he had raped her.
Following the unanimous not guilty verdict, the trial judge, Judge Philip Babington, told the defendant he was free to go.
Members of the girl's family were visibly upset when the jury forewoman announced the not guilty verdict.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.