Friday, 13 February 2009
Monday, 8 December 2008
Following Mr Lee’s acquittal after the four-day trial at Reading Crown Court last week, Judge Bruce McIntyre demanded to know why the “unusual and sad case” went ahead.
He said: “Some time ago the mother of Shane Benham wrote to the CPS asking them to drop the charges taking the view that, tragic though it was, the person who was responsible was Shane himself.
“I would like an explanation in writing as to why this case went ahead.”
Saturday, 6 December 2008
A COUPLE viciously attacked by a gang of yobs say they have lost all faith in the criminal justice system after the case was dropped.
Their son Ryan, who was 15 at the time, was beaten as he tried to shield his mother.
The family, and another girl who was punched at the scene, identified the same man and several witnesses came forward to give statements to the police.
But they have been left devastated and disillusioned after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) revealed it was no longer proceeding with the case.
Friday, 5 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Rain Shirley was punched to the ground then repeatedly kicked in the head when violence erupted in a Newquay hotel in the early hours.
Yet no criminal prosecution will be brought against the brute who left her with physical and emotional scars, after the Crown Prosecution Service decided it did not have sufficient evidence.
Yesterday, Rain, 23, told of the effects of her ordeal and her frustration at a criminal justice system that she claims is "built against the victim".