Jury considers Le Vell verdict

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell for alleged sex offences at Manchester Crown Court. He denies all 12 charges.

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Defence: 'Agonising lack of detail from Le Vell witness'

Alisdair Williamson gives the closing speech for the defence. Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

Alisdair Williamson, defending, accused the girl of making "silly" or "ridiculous" details in her story that "doesn't add up".

He added: "There's an agonising lack of detail from this witness.

"She can't give you details because it did not happen and that's why her story varies according to who she's talking to."

Mr Williamson said the defendant was a "drunk, bad husband and inadequate father" whose behaviour was sometimes "terrible", but he is not a child rapist.

He said no child pornography was found on Le Vell's computer, no adults he knew were saying he was "odd" or they felt "uneasy" around him - "the sort of evidence these courts hear all the time", the barrister added.

"Nothing to support this girl's inconsistent, incoherent and unbelievable account."

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