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Gay UKIP mayoral hopeful cleared of sexual assault allegations

Joseph McCormick May 21, 2015

A gay UKIP candidate who was charged following a sexual assault on a homeless Bulgarian man has been acquitted.

Peter Lello was arrested on 15 May 2014, accused of sexual assault on the evening of 2 May or early hours of 3 May at an address in Lewisham, London.

He had been standing in the Lewisham mayoral elections at whcih Mr Lello was standing for UKIP.

At a hearing on 15 May this year at Woolwich Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service said it offered no evidence, and that the 44-year-old would be found formally not guilty of sexual assault.

Following the hearing, Mr Lello said: “This has been an extremely difficult year but with the support from UKIP friends and colleagues justice has prevailed.”

UKIP Greenwich & Lewisham Chairman Paul Oakley said: “Peter’s innocence was never doubted by those of us who know him.”

More: Lewisham, peter lello, UKIP

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