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Student cleared of rape found not guilty of extreme porn possession

Thady Duff
Thady Duff

A university student cleared earlier this year of raping a woman at an annual college ball has been found not guilty of possessing extreme pornography.

Prosecutors offered no evidence against Thady Duff, 22, a student at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Mr Duff had been accused of possessing the images on his mobile phone which had been allegedly sent to him as part of a message sent to a group of people using the Snapchat service.

Jonathan Stanniland, prosecuting, told Gloucester Crown Court: "On June 13 a letter was written by those instructing me confirming the decision taken that it was not in the public interest to prosecute Mr Duff for the images and I am instructed to offer no evidence and I invite the court to find him not guilty."

Judge Jamie Tabor QC, the Recorder of Gloucester, formally returned a not guilty verdict.

Mr Duff, of Stubbs Hill Farm, Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire, did not attend the hearing, having previously been excused.

A further hearing will take place on a date to be fixed as Mr Duff is seeking a contribution towards his legal costs after he instructed a privately funded QC.

In May, Mr Duff and three other men were found not guilty of raping a woman at an end-of-year ball at the Royal Agricultural University in 2014 after prosecutors offered no evidence following a review of evidence.

After they were cleared, Judge Tabor criticised a detective and the Crown Prosecution Service for their handling of the case.

The internationally renowned university, which until 2013 was known as the Royal Agricultural College, is considered the Oxbridge of agricultural studies.

Founded in 1845, it was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world.