Interesting story re photos on phone and rape case dropped
As usual, we get few details via the media but worth distributing.
"A rape case has collapsed after images emerged of the accused and his alleged victim "cuddling" in bed together.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence against Samson Makele at Snaresbrook Crown Court, 17 months after he was arrested.
The photos were discovered on his phone by a defence expert but had not been disclosed by police or prosecutors.
The CPS said it was not a failure of disclosure and it stopped the prosecution once the pictures emerged.
Lawyers for Mr Makele said at least four photos taken on the day of the alleged rape showed the pair together, apparently naked under bedsheets."
The relevant quote is however IMHO
The Metropolitan Police said it was "the responsibility of the investigating officer to pursue all reasonable lines of enquiry in an investigation" which "involves making complex decisions based on the evidence available and disclosures made".
It added "In this case it is apparent that the police investigation did not find the images."
Not so unexpectedly, the Independent is a bit more explicit/critical
Met Police announces review into how it investigates rape cases following collapse of second trial
Scotland Yard confirms the same detective was the investigating officer in both cases which collapsed following failure to disclose evidence that disputed the prosecution case
Gibbs' Rule 😯 #39 There is no such thing as coincidence. roll
This is almost identical to another case last week involving Oliver Mears.