A jury took just half-an-hour to clear a man of the rape of a sixteen year-old girl after he told them the consensual sex had gone “Pete Tong.”

23 year-old Lloyd Seddon had been accused of sexually attacking a 16 year-old girl just a few hours after they chatted for the first time on Instagram.

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In graphic detail, Mr Seddon told the jury how after initial kissing, the girl willingly went upstairs with him, where he initiated full sexual intercourse. The defence showed the jury CCTV footage of the pair kissing and holding hands.

Mr Seddon explained that as soon as she became uncomfortable with proceedings, in his words “went Pete Tong,” rhyming slang for “wrong,” he stopped.

In her evidence, the alleged victim explained that she had never said she had been raped, rather she had described the incident to police, who had then classed it as a sexual assault: “I didn’t say I was raped; I explained to police what happened and said what is it classed as – and they said that comes down as rape. I didn’t tell them I was raped.”

Mr Seddon’s family were delighted by the verdict of not guilty and Mr Seddon expressed his regret about the incident: “She’s a young girl. I shouldn’t have taken her back to mine, I should never have taken her out in the first place.”

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