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Glasgow 2014: Games weightlifter cleared of sex assault

A Commonwealth Games athlete has been cleared of sexually assaulting a man in a Glasgow supermarket toilet.

Papua New Guinea weightlifter Toua Philip Udia was alleged to have touched the man inappropriately in the Tesco store, near the athletes' village.

The 41-year-old victim, who cannot be named, told Glasgow Sheriff Court Mr Udia, 22, touched him as he helped him apply an ice pack on 21 July.

But the charge against the athlete was found not proven after a trial.

Sheriff Martin Jones told Mr Udia: "I'm not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the Crown have proved this case against you and I acquit you on a verdict of not proven."

Speaking outside the court, defence lawyer Ian Moir said: "Mr Udia has maintained his innocence throughout and is delighted with the outcome of the case.

"He now wishes to put this matter behind him and is looking forward to returning to see his family."

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