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Kuggeleijn found not guilty in rape trial

Scott Kuggeleijn has been found not guilty of rape by a jury at the Hamilton District Court.

Kuggeleijn, 25, an allrounder, plays for Northern Districts in New Zealand's domestic circuit and is the son of former New Zealand Test cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn.

The case dates back to an incident that occurred on May 17, 2015. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before coming back with the not-guilty verdict.

In a release following the verdict, Northern Districts' chief executive Peter Roach said: "This has been a terribly difficult situation for all concerned. Northern Districts is an organisation which embraces inclusivity and promotes respect towards women. As such, the charges against Scott were a grave concern."

The case had to be re-tired after a jury could not reach a verdict in August 2016.