Not guilty verdicts in sensitive and unusual rape case: Colin Witcher led by Kate Bex KC

Colin Witcher
By: Colin Witcher March 13, 2024

Upon the Crown offering no evidence today, a Judge formally entered not guilty verdicts in respect to all five counts faced by the defendant who was due to stand trial in respect to an alleged sustained gang rape. Of note, another defendant had already been convicted of the same alleged offence, after trial, before the Central Criminal Court.

Shortly before this defendant’s trial was due to begin, in late 2023, the complainant disclosed to the Crown that she had been untruthful, including having lied on oath at the first defendant’s earlier trial. Before this development had emerged, the defence had already secured all earlier transcripts from the first defendant’s trial and had conducted the detailed exercise of analysing and contrasting all accounts given by the complainant.

Following a comprehensive review by the Crown, led by King’s Counsel, a proper decision was reached to offer no evidence, with the chronology and developments explained in open court. This brought to a close a very difficult chapter for the defendant, who had strongly protested his innocence and was first interviewed by the police eight years ago.

The defendant was represented by Kate Bex KC of Red Lion Chambers and Colin Witcher of Chambers’ Crime and Regulatory Group. Counsel were instructed by Imran Ali of Tuckers Solicitors.



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