Shah cleared of raping girl

Former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah from Chippenham in Wiltshire has been found not guilty of raping an under-age schoolgirl at upmarket London hotels.

Full report: Eddy Shah cleared of child rape

The Wiltshire multimillionaire Eddy Shah has been cleared of raping a child. A jury found him not guilty after he was accused of having sex with a schoolgirl at hotels in London in the 1990s.

Mr Shah, who lives near Chippenham, became famous as a newspaper owner - setting up the first colour newspaper in Britain in the 1980s. More recently he owned a golf course near Royal Wootton Bassett. Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Shah cleared of raping under-age girl

Former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. Credit: David Wilcock/PA Wire

Former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah has been found not guilty of raping an under-age schoolgirl at upmarket London hotels.

The 69-year-old, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, denied raping the girl on several occasions during the early 1990s when she was between 12 and 15.

After 17 hours and 46 minutes of deliberations, a jury at the Old Bailey cleared him of six counts of raping a girl under 16.

Wearing dark trousers and a blue shirt with the collar open, Shah said "Thank you" to the jury and appeared to fight back tears as the verdicts were read out.

His wife, Jennifer White Shah, was present in court and wept after hearing that her husband had been cleared.

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