The founder of Cornish charity Shelterbox has been found not guilty of fraud by a judge, and will not be facing a retrial.
65-year-old Tom Henderson - who no longer works for the charity - was accused of fraud after allegedly awarding lucrative contracts to his son's firm.
However following a six-week trial, Henderson, his son John and another man, Darren Gervis, were discharged, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
All three denied conspiracy to commit fraud. They were waiting to hear whether or not the prosecution would seek a re-trial - and have now been told it will not, after the judge's order that not guilty verdicts be returned on all three.
The founder of Shelterbox said he felt like a 'naughty schoolboy' when it was revealed his son was profiting from contracts with the charity
A court has been told how the founder of the Helston charity Shelterbox awarded lucrative contracts to his son so he could buy a house.
Thomas Henderson allegedly ensured deals for camping and survival equipment were given to his 35-year-old son John's companies