Husband of former ambassador to Spain acquitted of child sex abuse charges

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A man walks past under colourful umbrellas in Getafe, outskirts of Madrid, August 1, 2013. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. Reuters/Juan Medina

Vytas Kapociunas, 71, husband of Australia’s former ambassador to Spain, has been cleared of charges he was facing for allegedly engaging in sexual activities with a young girl at his home in Madrid, Spain. Kapociunas was cleared of charges on two counts of child sex abuse. However, the jury could not come to decision over a third charge.

Kapociunas, who is an artist, was living with his wife Jane Hardy who was the ambassador to Spain at that time. He faced a two-week trial before the ACT Supreme Court this month. He was facing three counts of charges for engaging in sexual activities other than intercourse with a minor.

The Jury on Saturday informed the Chief Justice Helen Murrell that they have reached unanimous decision on two counts. After the verdicts of each of the jury member has been noted, they were discharged.

 ABC reported that the first jury found him not guilty of a sexual offence against a child and a second trial on Tuesday led the jury to acquit Kapociunas of two charges but no decision has yet been reached on the third count. He has been charged under a Commonwealth law which indicts Australians who commit sexual offences abroad.

The jury decided to sit through Saturday even though Friday was the last day of the year in the ACT.

The Canberra Times reported that the incidents allegedly happened in Kapociunas’ room in Madrid last year. Kapociunas denied the allegations brought against him. After the jury passed its verdict, he left the court along with his wife and refused to make a comment on it.

A month after Kapociunas was charged with the offence in October last year, Hardy ceased to be Australia’s ambassador to Spain. The matter on the undecided charge will be taken up in court in February.

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