Search

Reedham man cleared of sex assault on six-year-old girl at Halloween event

PUBLISHED: 13:56 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 23 November 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

copyright of Archant © 2010 01603 772434

A man has been cleared by a Norwich Crown Court jury of a sex assault on a six-year-old girl at a Halloween event.

Richard Biffen, 38, of Church Road, Reedham, near Great Yarmouth, had denied a charge of sex assault on the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The prosecution had alleged that Biffen, who was helping at a Halloween event, had sexually assaulted the girl after placing his hand under a blanket, but the jury found him not guilty of the offence after being out for only about one hour on Thursday.

In evidence Biffen said that the incident did not happen, and said there had been no touching or contact with the girl.

He told the jury: “I would not do a thing like that.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News

Yesterday, 19:00

More than one in ten people of working age in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are now on Universal Credit amid fears the wider roll out will have severe consequences.

Yesterday, 17:16

Sky-high fares, an unreliable service, and cheaper alternative transport options are all being blamed for a significant drop in rail passengers in Great Yarmouth over the last five years.

Yesterday, 17:39

The RSPCA East Norfolk will soon go on a break from rehoming rescue animals over the Christmas period. Can you help any of these cats find a home before then?

Yesterday, 16:18

A Second World War hero’s desperation to return to his ailing hotel business has been revealed after a letter was found in an attic, more than 73 years later.

Most Read

Mon, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Mon, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Barry Coleman
Mon, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police
Tue, 14:29

The inquest into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach has been adjourned because a police report into the incident is not ready.

Read more
Norwich

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy