Councillor cleared of several counts of indecent assault but could fac…

A councillor has been cleared of several counts of indecent assault but may confront a retrial on remaining allegations.

Anthony Hampton, a member of Vale of Glamorgan Council, has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of indecently assaulting two boys and two girls who were aged under 16 and under 14 respectively.

The 74-year-old, of Watkiss Way in Cardiff Bay, denied 20 counts of indecent assault between the late 1970s and mid-1990s.

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On Friday the jury found Hampton not guilty on six counts of indecent assault, relating to three of the four complainants, but were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 14 charges.

The jury has now been discharged and the prosecution has now been given two weeks to decide whether to seek a retrial for the rest of the charges against Hampton.

Hampton strongly denied sexually abusing four children and described the acts he was accused of as “abhorrent”.

estimate David Wynn Morgan told the jury: “You have done your public duty and the court and the community are extremely grateful to you for that.”

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