A MAN has been acquitted of charges that he hid a murder suspect in his flat.
Robert Cahill, 24, was cleared of assisting an offender, namely Sean Bailey, who was jailed last December for killing 27-year-old Simon Warton.
A jury at Winchester Crown Court found Mr Cahill not guilty after hearing two days of evidence.
As reported, Mr Cahill said he had no knowledge of the police manhunt for Bailey following the fatal stabbing in Wecock Farm in April last year – despite there being widespread media coverage of the search.
Mr Cahill, of Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park, said he spent most of the time playing on his Xbox or sleeping while Bailey was at his flat.
Bailey arrived at his flat with friend, Danny Evans, and the trio stayed at the flat for two nights until armed police stormed in.
Mr Cahill told the jury the first he knew of the murder was when he saw a report on ITV, two days after Bailey turned up on his doorstep. He said he was afraid of what Bailey would do to him if he called the police.
Evans, 25, of no fixed abode, has pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.