R v C
This case involved a single defendant charged with historic sexual offences. It involved the alleged multiple rape of his former wife and alleged sexual abuse against six individuals who, as children, were associated with his household, either as family friends or step-relatives.
The case was prosecuted by a Q.C. (alone) and lasted for a number of weeks. It involved legal arguments about bad character, cross examination about sexual matters and directions of law. There were special measures employed for complainants and other prosecution witnesses. There were a number of defence witnesses. Near the conclusion of the Crown’s case, further investigations were undertaken and additional evidence was served. This had to be considered, argued about, and involved the re-call of a complainant.
The trial suffered various tribulations including days when the court could not sit and the loss of three jurors during the course of the trial. The statutory minimum of nine jurors returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty across the entire indictment and this defendant was discharged.
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