Chorley physiotherapist is cleared of assault
4:58pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
A Chorley physiotherapist has spoken of his “sixteen month ordeal” after being cleared by a jury of assault charges.
Christopher Curtis, 46, who stood for parliament in Chorley in 2010 as an independent, was acquitted along with partner Christine Brown, 48, after a five day trial at Lancaster Crown Court, which ended last week.
Dr Curtis, who is a chartered physiotherapist and runs a practice in Chorley, said being cleared of all wrongdoing had brought to an end “a horrible time” for he and Miss Brown.
The pair had faced charges of assault after allegations were made by a 52-year-old man at a second hand car dealership in Walton-le-Dale on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
The pair had been in dispute with the garage over the purchase of a Rover 75 second hand car.
Dr Curtis, said: “It been a terrible time for us.
“This was the third appearance in court for us as two previous trials collapsed due to technicalities.
“It’s been a long time to wait to prove our complete innocence in this, to have to wait sixteen months, it’s been a massive ordeal.
“We are both upset and angry that we were ever publicly accused of a violent crime.
“We have been cleared of all wrongdoing but it should never have come to this.”