Window cleaner acquitted by rape trial jury
A window cleaner has been cleared of an historic rape after telling a jury that the incident had never happened.
Ronald Gliddon, aged 56, was found not guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court after a four-day trial in which he had been accused of pinning a woman to a bed at her own home and forcing her to have sex.
The woman said she was so terrified by the ordeal she took her school-age son and hid under bushes in a field near her Exeter home to escape.
Gliddon said she had in fact taken an overdose of painkillers during an argument and left the house because he asked her how many pills she had taken.
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The alleged offence was around 15 years ago when Gliddon was working as a window cleaner and stopped at the woman's house after finishing his Saturday morning round.
Gliddon, aged 56, of Bennett Square, Exeter, denied rape and was found not guilty.