A MAN who has twice stood trial for raping a woman in her home left court in tears yesterday after a second jury failed to reach a verdict.

Wayne Askew was acquitted of assault by penetration, but the jury at Teesside Crown Court could not decide on another four counts.

The 35-year-old, of Cragmere, Spennymoor, County Durham, faced two rape allegations, a sexual assault charge and two charges of assault by penetration.

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It was alleged he attacked the woman in her home in March last year, but divorced father-of-two Mr Askew said they had consensual sex.

A jury in a trial last year was unable to reach verdicts.

Following a second weeklong case, the same outcome emerged with the panel deadlocked.

The jury, however, cleared Mr Askew yesterday of the one charge after deliberating for more than five hours.

The panel was discharged by the judge and formal not guilty verdicts were entered.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said the Crown would not offer any more evidence.