A MAN who went on trial accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy has been cleared of any wrong-doing.

Prosecutors had alleged that Robert Simpson had abused the child - who cannot be named for legal reasons - on a single occasion using his fingers.

The 79-year-old of Robin Place, Oxford, denied the single count alleging the assault of a child under 13 by penetration.

READ AGAIN: The opening of the case earlier this week.

Jurors at Oxford Crown Court took one hour and 50 minutes to unanimously clear him of that single count and find him not guilty yesterday.

During the case prosecutor Andrew Howarth had said that the alleged incident took place in Oxford in August last year.

He told jurors that the boy had claimed he was using a toilet when Simpson followed him.

It was while there, the jury was told, that the alleged sex assault took place upon the boy.

Jurors went on to watch a recorded police interview that the child gave following the incident.

He said that it only happened once and asked how it felt he answered: "It was hurting and it makes me feel sad."

Asked by police how he later felt about what he had claimed had happened to him he replied: "Sad. Very sad."