VIDEO: Jury clears DLT of 12 charges

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Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has said he has been through “a year-and-a-half of hell” after being found not guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault.

The former Radio 1, Three Counties Radio and Chiltern Radio presenter showed little emotion in court on Thursday when he was found not guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault.

As he faced the media outside Southwark Crown Court, there was still no joy or elation from Mr Travis, from Mentmore, who said his ordeal had cost him his house and his reputation.

The charges related to allegations from when Mr Travis - who tried under his real name of David Griffin – was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops and when starring in panto.

Outside the court, Mr Travis said: “I don’t feel like there is a victory in any way, shape or form.

“On the contrary, I think you already know that I have been through a year-and-a-half of hell on this which included costing me so much money to pay out for my part of this trial.

“I have had two trials. I have had one trial by media and one trial by Crown Court and I have to say in all honesty that I prefer trial by the Crown Court.

“All I want to do now is go home and relax with my wife – who has also been suffering through all this with me and been by my side all the time.”

Det Chief Supt Keith Niven said: “The Metropolitan Police take all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously.

“We fully investigate every case and once sufficient evidence is obtained investigators work with CPS lawyers and a decision whether to charge is made.

“In the case of Mr Griffin, a prosecution was brought, he was tried and the verdict of the jury is accepted.

‘We encourage victims to come forward and pledge our commitment to support anyone who has been subjected to sexual abuse.

‘We continue to work closely with our partners and dedicate resources to investigate crimes of this nature. We will ensure all victims have a voice.’

> Jurors failed to reach verdicts on another indecent assault charge and one charge of sexual assault, meaning Mr Travis must wait for a hearing on February 24 to see if he faces a retrial.


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