DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
Former City Player Cleared Of Child Sex Abuse
Coventry City player and Southampton manager David Jones has
been cleared of indecent abuse of children.
allegations related to time Jones spent working at a residential
special school on Merseyside between 1986 and 1990.
trial was stopped today after one of the four people who had
made the claims refused to come to court to give evidence.
faced ten charges of indecent assault, three of assault causing
actual bodily harm, and one of buggery.
judge ruled that Jones, who played for Coventry City in 1979,
should be cleared of the four charges relating to that witness.
then said the jury should be discharged as they had heard
evidence relating to incidents that were no longer being tried.
aged 44, who was replaced as Saints boss by Glenn Hoddle as he
concentrated on fighting the charges, was told that he was free
to leave the court.