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Neville brothers’ father cleared of sex assault

Neville Neville wept as the verdict was delivered after 75 minutes of jury deliberation.

Gary Neville (left) drives his father Neville Neville from Bolton Crown Court after his father was cleared of sexual assault against a woman who had offered him a lift home following a night out.
Gary Neville (left) drives his father Neville Neville from Bolton Crown Court after his father was cleared of sexual assault against a woman who had offered him a lift home following a night out.
Image: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NEVILLE NEVILLE, THE father of former England footballers Gary and Phil Neville, was found not guilty today of sexually assaulting a woman.

The 64-year-old, who has worked as an agent for his sons, breathed a sigh of relief before mouthing “thank you” towards the jury at Bolton Crown Court in northwest England.

Gary Neville, who gave evidence in the trial, wept as the verdict was delivered after 75 minutes of jury deliberation.

The Neville brothers were part of Manchester United’s championship-winning teams under manager Alex Ferguson during the 1990s and 2000s. Neville Neville admitted he engaged in sexual activity with the middle-aged complainant in her car outside his house but insisted it was consensual.

He imperilled his marriage and his children’s trust, his lawyer told the court.

The woman told the jury that Neville drunkenly forced himself upon her in the early hours of March 23. Neville Neville is a former director of fourth-tier League Two side Bury.

Gary Neville, 38, is England’s most-capped right-back, making 85 appearances for the senior team.

Having spent his entire career at Manchester United, he is now part of England manager Roy Hodgson’s coaching squad.

Younger brother Phil Neville, 36, captained Everton and is now back at United as a first-team coach. The defender-midfielder won 59 England caps.

His twin sister Tracey Neville won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal for England in netball.

- © AFP, 2013

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