Stephen French not guilty of rape after prosecutors drop "malicious" allegation
Stephen French was found not guilty of rape after prosecutors dropped the charges he had branded “malicious”.
The ex-martial arts fighter always denied raping a woman, who also claimed the 56-year-old twice assaulted her.
French, of no fixed abode, also denied making threats to kill a man – the woman’s son – at Liverpool Crown Court .
Prosecutors today offered no evidence on the charges rape charges and accepted a guilty plea over making threats to kill.
Charlotte Kenny, defending, said the Crown had considered bank statements relating to the woman and discovered “credibility issues”.
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