A MAN who successfully appealed against a sexual conviction in court has spoken of his relief that ‘the truth is finally out’.
Jamil Abad was found guilty of groping a woman at a party when he faced magistrates in Burton last August.
But after almost a year of protesting his innocence, his conviction was overturned by an appeals court in Stafford.
Mr Abad, 42, told the Mail: “I am very relieved. I want everyone to know that I was falsely accused.
“I’m a family man. I have always been a pillar of the community and I was completely surprised by the charge.
“I have denied it from the start.”
Mr Abad, of Uxbridge Street, Burton, was accused of pouncing on a woman when the pair were alone in the garden at a party in December 2012.
Following a trial last year, he was sentenced to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and told to pay £200 compensation and £660 in court costs.
He was put under a three-year community order and told he would be placed on the sex offenders’ register.
The appeal was heard at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday. A spokesman for the court service confirmed to the Mail that the appeal had been allowed.
The father-of-three said the last year had been very difficult for his family.
“It’s had a big impact on my life. I live in a close-knit community and it has been really hurtful for me.
“I was put on the sex offenders’ register and my children have had people at school talking about it. I could see people were trying to avoid me and distance themselves from me, which was something I didn’t really want.
“It seemed like people were talking behind my back,” he added.
Mr Abad claims the incident was nothing more than ‘a kiss and a cuddle’ and that it was ‘taken out of context’ by police.
The woman involved in the case cannot be named for legal reasons.
As a result of the successful appeal, he will be removed from the register and the fines he has paid will be returned.
He has already completed the community service element of his penalty and attended the first of two courses aimed at rehabilitating sex offenders.