A 23-year-old man from Birmingham whose grandmother was suffocated by intruders has been cleared of her manslaughter and conspiring to rob her.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court took about seven hours to acquit Nehal Singh Digpal of both charges following a two-week trial.
Digpal, of Taylor Road, Kings Heath, told the hearing that he owed money to one of two defendants who have admitted Mohinder Kaur's manslaughter and are awaiting sentence.
The prosecution alleged that he helped the other men to trick their way into the 81-year-old's home and knew that she was to be gagged with adhesive tape. But Digpal told the jury he did not know they intended to attack Mrs Kaur or that one of the other men had bought the duct tape from a DIY store near his grandmother's home.
An unbroken length of the tape was wrapped 11 times around Mrs Kaur's head after she was overpowered at her flat.
Prosecutor Timothy Mousley, QC, told the opening of the trial that the two other defendants had stolen gold jewellery after gaining access to Mrs Kaur's first-floor property in Nutgrove Close, Kings Heath, by pretending to be another of her grandsons.
One of Mrs Kaur's six children, Santogh Singh, spoke to reporters outside the court.
Mr Singh said his nephew had received a fair trial, adding: "It's the right result I think. The family has gone through a lot of trauma, hardship and heartache.
"Hopefully we can turn another page and carry on with our lives now."