Masseur Cleared of Assault on Prize Winners

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A MASSEUR accused of fondling two women who won a massage in a competition walked free yesterday despite a sheriff's "considerable suspicions".

Denis Shepherd was told he had been extremely foolish but left court smiling as the indecent assault charges were found not proven.

The 47-year-old, who runs his Dab Hands business in Aberdeen, was accused by two women, a nurse and cook, who won his services in a Boots charity prize draw.

One of the women claimed Shepherd massaged her naked breast indecently as she lay on his table.

The other said he touched her in an intimate area.

But other clients of Shepherd said they had never felt uncomfortable with him and one told the court he could not be a "better masseur or better person".

Shepherd, who visited the women at their homes for the massages, claimed they made up the allegation to get compensation or wrongly imagined something improper had happened.

Shepherd coaches at Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club and also counts police officers, teachers and athletes among his customers. …