Trainer accused of child cruelty acquitted

By Rebecca Buchan

Published: 28/02/2014

A FITNESS instructor accused of carrying out a campaign of physical and sexual abuse against two schoolgirls walked free from court yesterday.

There were emotional scenes as a jury of four men and 10 women acquitted Norman McConnachie of the charges he faced.

The 42-year-old wiped the tears from his eyes as the verdicts were read out, and three of the jurors broke down as the family of the former Royal Marine cried out in relief.

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