A man accused of having sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old
The 50-year-old man, who cannot be named, was charged with incest after the girl became pregnant.
The prosecution used DNA evidence from the foetus to allege her father was responsible.
But today Chief Justice Terence Higgins told the court he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the DNA showed the accused was the father of the child.
He said he had no evidence as to how a family genetic disorder would have affected the DNA results.
The victim has a chromosomal disorder which she inherited from her mother and passed on to the foetus.
Questions were raised during the evidence about what impact that disorder would have had on the weight and size of the foetus and whether estimates of the time of conception would have been correct.
Justice Higgins found the man not guilty of the charge.
The wife of the accused man was in tears when she heard the verdict and shouted ‘thank you your honour’ as Justice Higgins left the court.