Man cleared of sexually abusing three young girls during 1990s

Paul Shields, 57, was found not guilty of seven charges of indecent assault against the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mr Shields, who has been a Jehovah’s Witness since birth, told a jury that although he had regularly put the girls on his lap, he had never sexually assaulted them.

The jury returned its unanimous not-guilty verdicts on Tuesday following a week-long trial.