Evidence withheld in rape and sexual assault cases, says CPS

Evidence withheld in rape and sexual assault cases, says CPS
 

Vital evidence was withheld from defence lawyers in 47 cases of rape and sexual assault, the Crown Prosecution Service has revealed.
The withholding of evidence was the main reason five of the 47 cases had to be stopped.
Fourteen of the 47 defendants had been held in custody on the charges.
More than 3,600 cases were looked at in England and Wales after high profile rape trials collapsed due to lack of disclosure by prosecutors and police.
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who is stepping down from the role in October, said: "Getting disclosure right is a fundamental... read more

 
5 June 2018 in Regional, Views: 41
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