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Police drop case against man accused of rape

No further action - police dropped investigation
1 June, 2021
Sexual Offences
Rape Accusations

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Case study summary

Our client was a father and step-father accused of raping and sexually assaulting his teenage step-daughter in the family home. We read a detailed prepared statement for him in the interview. This methodical approach persuaded the police to take no further action.

Case study

Our client was a family man accused of raping and sexually assaulting his teenage step-daughter in the family home. Several incidents were detailed by the complainant and shared with other family members. As a result, our client was ridiculed by people around him and his labouring business was put in to jeopardy.

The police investigation was serious and had made significant progress by the time we were involved. There had been a full video recorded interview the complainant had said that she was prepared to attend court if necessary.

He had never been accused of anything criminal in his life. As a result of being contacted by the police, he called our firm and we explained every step of the procedure. We discussed possible approaches to the interview and represented him at the police station.

We took the whole story from our client without missing any details, and we put forward a comprehensive prepared statement at the start of the interview. The police interview is one of, if not the most crucial part of the whole process. Anything said at this stage will be used as evidence and any statement must only be advanced after careful consideration.

After several weeks of pressure from our sexual offences solicitors, and when they had reviewed the matter, the police decided to take No Further Action against our client.

This was a great relief to the client because he was well aware that before our involvement, the investigation had gathered momentum and it was quite likely he would be charged. He was able to begin repairing relationships with his family members and continue working.

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