Leeds tennis coach cleared of sex assault charges

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A coach at a Leeds tennis club accused of carrying out sex assaults on three of his teenage pupils has been found not guilty of all charges against him.

A jury took less than two hours to clear Derek Munro of six offences of indecent assault and eight of sexual assault after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

The prosecution alleged Mr Munro, of Wigton Avenue, Alwoodley, committed the offences against the complainants between 1990 and 2013. It was claimed that Mr Munro had committed the indecent assaults against one girl during the 1990s when she was aged 14 and 15 and while he was in a relationship with her.

Seven sexual assault offences were alleged to have been committed against another pupil over a nine year period from when she was aged 14.

A third complainant is alleged to have been sexually assaulted on one occasion during a tennis lesson when she was 16.

Mr Munro gave evidence during the trial during which he denied all allegations made against him. During the hearing, his barrister Simon Myerson, QC, asked Mr Munro: “Have you sexually assaulted (the second complainant)?”

Mr Munro replied: “No. Never.”

Mr Myerson then asked if he had sexually assaulted the third complainant. Mr Munro replied: “Never.” The barrister then asked: “Did you have a sexual relationship with (the first complainant)?” He replied: “I did.”

Mr Myerson continued: “Did it begin before she was 16 years old.”

Mr Munro replied: “No.”

The jury were also told Mr Munro invited the second complainant to visit his villa in Marbella when his wife was not there so they could “have fun”.

Mr Munro denied that he had ever made any sexually inappropriate remarks towards the woman.

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