A museum boss that claimed a girl he was accused of sexual assaulting at a former Cold War nuclear bunker was “touched by a ghost” was today cleared of the charges.
James Mitchell – – who runs the Scotland’s Secret Bunker museum in north eastern Fife – – was affirmed to have actually sexually assaulted 2 girls, one aged 15, in separate assaults four years apart in sleeping lodging at the underground.
Mitchell refuted the fees versus him at Dundee Sheriff Court and stood test over 5 days.
Today a court located Mitchell guilty on the cost of attacking the girl that he later asserted had actually been touched by a ghost.
But since the jury located the 2nd cost not proven – – as well as the situation relied on both offenses being shown past a reasonable uncertainty for a conviction on either – – a sheriff was forced to acquit him of all costs.
One of his claimed sufferers told the court that a guy suitable Mitchell’s summary had gone into the room where she was resting at around 4am, put his hand under the covers as well as touched her leg before slipping out of the area.
She got up as well as, with a buddy, left the shelter in the midnight.
The second girl told how she was 15 at the time of the case which Mitchell had actually tried to kiss her before putting his practical her personal parts.
She said she told him “no” prior to he took place to accomplish a sex act on her.
The court learnt through Sergeant Kevin Petrie, 36, who interviewed Mitchell over the first supposed assault, stated to have happened in August or September 2011.
Mitchell was asked if he had actually accomplished the attack – – which he rejected, asserting he had just heard about the claimed assault from a loved one.
Sergeant Petrie asked him: “What were you informed or what do you think occurred?”
Mitchell responded: “It was that lengthy earlier yet somebody touched her leg.
“It was expected to be a ghost due to the fact that my daughter has actually seen ghosts in the area.
“We have had seances and lots of spiritual individuals in, spiritual individuals come down at all times.
“There was expected to be ghosts.
“That’s what I ‘d heard.
“A ghost had touched her leg.”
The officer then put it to Mitchell that the claimed victim had felt her leg being touched, awakened, saw him then enjoyed him leave the space.
He replied: “Piddle. Absolute rubbish.
“That is an absolute outright lie.”
Mitchell later included that the bunker was “pitch black” therefore dark the sufferer could not have actually seen just what she told authorities she had actually seen.
Summing up the Crown case, fiscal depute John Adams told the jury: “There is enough evidence to discover James Mitchell guilty.
“Why would the ladies exist about this?
“What is the sensible verdict?
“I recommend that it’s that he is guilty.”
But solicitor advocate James McAteer, protecting, stated: “There is no corroboration in between the costs and also you can not found guilty without both the fees.
“The Crown presume the bunker was a device to sexually abuse.
“There is no evidence that this holds true.”
Mitchell, 58, of Main Street, Lower Largo, Fife, refutes one charge of sexual offense and also three under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.
A jury of eight guys and also 7 women took an hour and also 20 minutes to find Mitchell guilty of the earlier attack yet not verified on the subsequent attack.
Because the situation continued under “mutual corroboration” legislations a sheriff stated it was “ridiculous in regulation” for one cost to end in conviction as well as the various other lead to acquittal.
As an outcome Sheriff Alastair Carmichael tape-recorded an innocent verdict on the charge the jury found Mitchell guilty of and also told him he was complimentary to leave the dock.
Mitchell made no remark as he left court.