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School girl assault convictions quashed

A Hobart judge has quashed a man's convictions for inappropriately touching two primary school girls.
A Hobart judge has quashed a man's convictions for inappropriately touching two primary school girls, saying it is unclear why the children's evidence was given more weight than the man's denials.
Jonathan Sheldon Fudge, 39, has always denied he touched the girls' bottoms while dropping off or picking up his own children at a southern Tasmanian primary school in 2010.
In February last year, Fudge collapsed at court after Magistrate Sam Mollard found him guilty of three counts of assault with indecent intent.
Fudge appealed against those convictions in the Supreme Court.
Justice Peter Evans has ordered they be quashed.
Justice Evans found the magistrate did not adequately explain why he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the evidence of the children should be preferred over Fudge's.
He said it was difficult to see what more Fudge could have said to deny the allegations.

www.abc.net.au (29-6-2012)

Indecent touching appeal

A man found guilty of indecently touching two primary school girls is appealing against his conviction.
Jonathan Sheldon Fudge, 37, of Margate appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing.
Last month, he was found guilty by Magistrate Sam Mollard of three counts of assault with indecent intent for touching two young girls on their bottoms at Albuera St Primary School early last year.
Magistrate Mollard has delayed the sentencing hearing, pending the outcome of the appeal.

The Mercury (24-3-2011)

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