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Conwy Council Chief Executive Byron Davies re-suspended

A council chief executive who was cleared of raping a female colleague has been suspended from his job for a further unspecified period.

Byron Davies, 52, who ran Conwy County Council in north Wales, was first suspended last March after he was arrested by police investigating an alleged rape.

In January, a jury at Mold Crown Court found him not guilty of raping the woman, who said she was too drunk to consent to sex.

The council said the first set of “disciplinary matters” had been concluded but “other matters” needing consideration had now come to light.

In a statement, the council said: “Conwy County Borough Council met yesterday and concluded its consideration of an independent report into disciplinary matters relating to its chief executive Mr Byron Davies. That matter has now been concluded.

“However, as a result of the need to examine other matters that came to light during consideration of the investigation report, the council decided that Mr Davies should be suspended for a further period.”

Speaking after the jury returned its not guilty verdict in January, Mr Davies said the investigation had left him “devastated” and “angry” and criticised the way the inquiry was handled by North Wales Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Davies took up his post at Conwy Council in February 2009.

 

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