Applause in court as fireman found not guilty of child cruelty

Lewis Mills outside Sheffield Crown Court
Lewis Mills outside Sheffield Crown Court
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A fireman who chose not to take legal advice when charged with cruelty to a baby ‘because he was innocent’ has been found not guilty at Sheffield Crown Court.

Lewis Mills, aged 28, of Chapeltown, Sheffield, had already seen one of the two charges against him, relating to the four-month-old boy’s rib fracture, dropped midway through the trial.

The jury found Mr Mills not guilty of cruelty relating to a fractured arm discovered in March 2012, prompting a round of applause from friends and family in the public gallery.

Giving evidence in his defence, the firefighter of five years told jurors he co-operated fully with police, and opted against legal advice when he was interviewed, because he was ‘innocent’.