A North River man was acquitted yesterday of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old runaway in 2005.
Douglas Foster McNutt, 52, showed relief as he accepted congratulations from supporters outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court yesterday.
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Although Justice John Murphy did not offer McNutt an outright exoneration in the case, he said the contradictory evidence produced during more than a week of testimony “largely corroborated” his denials of the allegations.
The girl said McNutt began by kissing her on her birthday, and eventually fondling and then full-blown intercourse.
Defence lawyer Dave Mahoney called her testimony “fantastic” and implausible, pointing to testimony that McNutt tried to get her help from Children’s Aid.
The acquittal came a day after the girl’s father threw a punch at McNutt in the courthouse parking lot, calling him a pervert.