A BUILDER from Tadley has been found not guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm following a three-day trial.

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court unanimously acquitted Matthew Harris, 36, of Garside Close, of assaulting Lindsey Barton and causing actual bodily harm on September 2, 2022 in Bramley.

The jury deliberated for less than a day, coming to a verdict on Wednesday, January 10, two days after the trial began.

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Harris, who wore a navy suit and tie, earlier pleaded guilty to common assault against Mrs Barton’s son Lindon within the same incident.

Mr Recorder Jaron Crooknorth agreed with defence barrister Chloe Jay and prosecuting barrister Annabel Hazzlitt to adjourn the case for sentencing until Friday, February 23.

Judge Crooknorth thanked both barristers for their hard work.

Harris has been listed as the sole director of the dormant company Harris Roofing and Building Services in Bramley, since it was incorporated in 2019.

The defendant declined to comment following the verdict. He remains on unconditional bail until he is sentenced for common assault against Mr Barton.