Former Hong Kong Airlines boss cleared of historic child sex abuse in Moreton

UPDATE: Michael Burke was cleared by a jury after just under two hours of deliberations

An aviation industry mogul has appeared in court after allegedly sexually abusing a little girl three decades ago.

Former Hong Kong Airlines managing director Michael Burke, 50, was accused of groping the young girl when he was 19. This allegedly followed years of sexual abuse when he was a teenager, living in Moreton.

Burke, now of Rhos Road in Rhos-On-Sea, North Wales, pleaded not guilty to indecent assault. He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today, May 8, where a jury was sent out to decide his fate following a trial.

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During the trial, the jury heard how Burke allegedly sexually abused the little girl during the 1970s and 1980s. It was alleged the abuse continued until the girl was around nine or 10 years old.

Summing up the case Judge Katherine Pierpoint said Burke testified to having "no recollection of spending time with (the victim)". The dad of two, who now works for an airport in Saudi Arabia, denied ever playing doctors and nurses with the girl and said he would not have felt comfortable being alone with her.

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