Weymouth Councillor Cleared Of All Charges
8:48pm 2nd May 2014
(Updated 6:38am 6th May 2014)
Weymouth Councillor Ryan Hope has been found Not Guilty of 8 sex offence charges.
It took the jury at Bournemouth Crown Court just 38 minutes to aquitt the 22-year-old.
The verdict came after a four day trial.
Speaking to Wessex FM Mr Hope said:
" I am just glad this nightmare is over. I've been the victim of assault, I have been the victim of bullying because of this and I am just glad that the truth has now come out, and I can get back on with my life."
" I fully intend to rejoin the Liberal Democrats and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues again and continue my work on the council."
When asked about the level of support Mr Hope has had from family and friends he said:
" Its been fantastic. Its spoken for itself. It shows what fantatsic friends I have got."