July 7th, 2011


Good news

Some of you will remember the case last autumn where a woman was sent to prison for retracting an allegation of rape against her violent, abusive husband, whose family seem to have intimidated her into taking this step. She was, you will recall, freed on appeal and the judge was stern with the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has today issued guidelines to prevent any further cases like this. "Rape and domestic violence victims should be confident in reporting abuse without fear of prosecution if they are later pressured into retracting the allegation, following the publication of new CPS guidance."
More details can be found here.