Professor Malcolm Layfield, former Head of Strings at the RNCM was today at the Manchester Crown Court found not guilty of an alleged rape dating back to 1982. After just over an hour of deliberation the jury returned a unanimous verdict.
Addressing the media outside court , Olliers’ Matthew Claughton said on his client’s behalf:
“Today’s unanimous not guilty verdict comes as a huge relief for Malcolm Layfield who would like to thank his friends, family, legal team and all those who supported him over the last two years.”
The investigation was part of Operation Kiso which focused on historic sex allegations relating to Chethams Music College where Mr Layfield had previously taught in the 1970’s and 80’s.