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Wednesday, February 10

Pastor Walter Masocha's sex convictions quashed by appeal judges

A church pastor who was convicted of sex abuse was a victim of a miscarriage of justice, appeal judges have ruled.
Scotland's senior judge, the Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, said convictions against Walter Masocha would be quashed.
Masocha, 52, had earlier been told to carry out 250 hours unpaid work for sexually assaulting his parishioners.
The Crown said there had been alleged misdirection at his trial on a point over prior inconsistent statements.
When former university lecturer Masocha was sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court in June 2015, Sheriff Kenneth McGowan said he had suffered a "spectacular fall from grace".
Masocha had denied sexually assaulting a woman at the Church of Agape and engaging in sexual activity towards a schoolgirl at its base at Sauchieburn, Stirling.

Cross examination

He was accused of touching and kissing them and putting his hands on the buttocks of one and pinching them.
Church leader Masocha had his own office at the premises to which access was restricted.
During his trial one woman was cross-examined over emails she had sent which included statements such as: "You did nothing wrong to me" and "My Hero, my mentor, my rock."

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