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Neville Neville Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault
Neville Neville, father of ex-Premier League footballers Gary and Phil Neville, has been found not guilty of sexual assault.
A jury at Bolton Crown Court rejected claims that he assaulted a woman who gave him a lift home on March 23 this year.
Mr Neville had denied the charge and said the sexual activity, which took place yards from his house, was consensual.
The 64-year-old's sons turned up in court to support him during the trial.
Former Manchester United star Gary Neville cried when the verdict was delivered.
His father breathed a sigh of relief and looked upwards before he mouthed "Thank you" in the direction of the jury.
Asked for a comment outside court, Mr Neville said: "I can't say anything right now. Maybe later", before Gary Neville stepped in and ushered him away.
The middle-aged woman alleged Mr Neville had launched a drunken assault as they sat in her car after a night out in Bury.
However, Mr Neville told Bolton Crown Court that the woman was "sexually enthusiastic" and "we were both enjoying it".
Giving evidence on Thursday, he also described how son Phil had "erupted" when he admitted cheating on his mother.
He told the court: "He erupted, basically. He said 'You have got the most loveliest wife ever'. He said 'She loved you to death'. I was crying at this stage."
Gary Neville also gave evidence in his father's defence during the trial.
He told the jury that his father was a was a principled man who always told the truth.
He said that he would go to his parents for tea every week but said they were now "vacant".
"They disappear when they are together," he said. "It's ripped the soul out of the marriage.
"My mum stands by him because she believes in him 100%. He has made a big mistake," said Neville.
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