I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their loving care. She has been cleared of the five remaining charges she faced, sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. Deborah Lowe clasps her hands in front of her and sobs quietly in the dock as the verdicts are read out. The jury took two hours and seven minutes to reach their unanimous verdicts. The judge told Ms Lowe she was free to leave the dock. He asks them to reach verdicts on which all twelve are agreed.
This is not a court of morals. Feelings of distaste or disapproval should play no part in your decision. He tells the jury that it was for the prosecution to prove that the defendant intentionally touched the teenager and that when she did so she was in a position of trust and he was under 18 at the time and that she did not reasonably believe he was over that age.
The jury is sent home and the trial resumes in the morning when the judge begins summing up the case. Last week the jury was directed to return a verdict of not guilty to sexual activity with a child after the teenager admitted he was 16 and not 15 when their sexual relationship started.
Five other charges remain. She threw it all away in December He said the prosecution case rests on whether the relationship started whilst the teen was still at school. His client, he said, had never been warned about her care of hundreds of boys at the school in a year career. Asked what his attitude was to people who lie to the police, the former officer answered: Disappointed, but it is what it is. No, it is not It was very unusual to go straight into a senior management role.
We had never done it before She was part of my senior management team and she would come to my briefings after matches He continued: She had a good sense of humour and she would go the extra mile when dealing with supporters. People could be quite difficult sometimes and she was then promoted to the senior supervisor on the main stand at City.
That was probably the top job next to being safety officer. Asked if he had any reservations about her, he answered: None what-so-ever Court hears character reference Mrs Lowe returns to the dock of the courtroom after she completes her evidence.
A character reference is then read out from Susan Lee, 65, who described herself as a friend and former colleague at Manchester City. I honestly believe her to be a person of integrity and an inherently good person with many fine qualities.
Ms Lee said she had worked as the safety and security training officer at Manchester City where she was employed to recruit and train casual workers. The defendant landed the job and Ms Lee said she was her line manager at City.
Deborah carried out various duties associated with the role of a senior manager within the matchday stewarding operation effectively and efficiently.
She displayed first class verbal and non-verbal communications skills and was at all times professional. She introduced another girl who wanted to be a midwife somewhere else, the court was told. The defendant broke down in court as she described how she helped another boy. Gosh he was having a terrible, terrible time with a girlfriend of his, so much so it was causing problems at home. The mum was was desperate and constantly on the phone to me at the time She described how she also helped to get him a job and continued: It was just to give him another route rather than thinking about his girlfriend all the time.
It was having a dreadful effect on his education and a dreadful effect on his family as well Mrs Lowe told the the jurors: It became very apparent that what had happened to her was coming back to her so I put her forward for counselling. The defendant said she had sent him a card in April of the following year.
The jurors are reminded about a series of text messages sent between Mrs Lowe and the teenager in March, April and May of In one message the teenager is said to have texted an apology for not engaging with her.
The jurors are told he texted: Mr Hayhoe asks why she wanted to help get him a job for a second time in the summer of The case has now been adjourned until Monday morning when Ms Lowe will continue giving her evidence. But Mr Hayhoe says: She claims he tried to ring her first, but then she rang him back, and she says during the minute call they were discussing a job she was trying to help him get.
Again she says he had rung and she called back to talk about the job. She is being cross-examined by the prosecutor Justin Hayhoe. Asked if she liked being with the boy she says: Not just him though, all the students.
So when I sent it I signed it as that. At that time I was flattered he had shown me attention. Mr Hayhoe asks Ms Lowe: Although she says she had seen him cry in the past.
It was the wrong thing to do. I thought I was going above and beyond. Mr Hayhoe asks about the tattoo and adds: She says in total they had sex around half a dozen times at the static home. For his final question, Mr Usher, defending, asks her, if any point she had sex with the boy whilst he was still at school.
Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting will now begin his cross-examination. Ms Lowe is describing meeting up with the boy when he was 17 and had left school. She says she rang him and he seemed upset so she went to pick him up and brought him back to her flat.
She says they talked for a while and then, she says: Fighting back tears she says: She says it was around this time that the boy blocked her on social media, specifically Facebook Messenger where they had been messaging, and she sent the card the prosecution earlier referred to in the trial.