Man cleared of raping woman in Stalybridge town centre

A person has been discovered not responsible of raping a lady in Stalybridge city centre. Dale Garlick, 29, was acquitted by a jury of seven ladies and 5 males following a two-day trial at Minshull Road Crown Courtroom.

A lady, who can’t be named for authorized causes, had advised the courtroom that on September 25 2021, she found proof of getting intercourse the earlier night time however couldn’t bear in mind any encounters. DNA proof led police to Mr Garlick and he admitted to having intercourse with the lady however mentioned it was consensual.

The lady advised the jury that she believed she had been spiked earlier within the night, whereas on the Again to the 80s bar in Market Road. She mentioned that she had blacked out shortly after taking a ‘gulp’ of a drink supplied to her by a stranger and had no additional recollection of her night time out, apart from being stood with a person outdoors the City Corridor Portico. Nobody was charged with an offence in relation to the spiking allegation, prosecution barrister Robert Smith confirmed.

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Mr Garlick’s defence barrister Mark Fireman advised the jury that the 29-year-old had met the lady at a taxi rank, the place she requested him for a cigarette. Mr Fireman mentioned that the lady then adopted Garlick to a bench and he or she initiated sexual exercise however when cross-examined, she mentioned she couldn’t bear in mind this.

It took the jury 42 minutes to search out Garlick, of Calico Crescent, Stalybridge, not responsible of rape.

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