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Case study: Rape Trial. Not Guilty verdict.

Updated: Feb 16

What were the allegations?


Our client was charged with two (2) counts of rape, and the alternatives of attempted rape. The complainant was 18 at the time of the offence, and our client 23. The prosecution case was that our client had digitally penetrated the complainant whilst she was sleeping.


What were the stages of the criminal prosecution against our client in this case?


Our client was interviewed and subsequently charged with the offence of rape. The prosecution also applied for a Personal Safety Intervention Order against our client. The matter proceeded from a filing hearing through to a committal mention, and then a contested committal where several witnesses were cross-examined on aspects of the prosecution.


Our client was committed to stand trial at the conclusion of the contested committal, and then the case proceeded through several mentions and directions hearing in the County Court, before finally proceeding to trial


What was the outcome?


In a trial that lasted 18 days, our client was found not guilty on all counts. The trial was hard-fought and our client was spared the prospect of immediate imprisonment.










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