A court dropped charges against a student accused of six counts of rape and six counts of sexual assault when police released 40,000 text messages Thursday, two years after the student was placed on bail.
Croydon Crown Court’s judge Peter Grover stopped the trial against 22-year-old Liam Allan and ordered an inquiry into London’s Crown Prosecution Service after the release of text messages revealing that the alleged victim of Allan pestered the student for sex, sharing her fantasies with the accused student, reported The Daily Mail.
“Obviously he was happy but this has been hanging over his head for years,” said Jerry Hayes, Allan’s lawyer. “He could have had his life totally trashed. That was awfully wrong.”
Allan said he was “betrayed by the system” and that his accuser had made the allegation because he would not see her after starting school. His mother said her son was treated as “guilty until [he could] prove [he was] innocent.”
Police told Allan’s lawyers that the alleged victim’s telephone records contained nothing of interest for both the plaintiff or defendant.
But when Hayes took over Allan’s trial, he demanded the records, which showed the alleged victim perpetually begging Allan for “casual sex,” telling her friends she liked having sex with him, and even mentioning fantasies of violent sex or rape at the hands of Allan.
“In November 2017, the police provided more material in the case of Liam Allan,” said Natalie Robinson, press officer for the Crown Prosecution Service, to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Upon a review of that material, it was decided that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. Therefore we offered no evidence in the case against Liam Allan at a hearing on 14 December 2017.”
“A charge can only be brought if a prosecutor is satisfied that both stages of the Full Code test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors are met, that is, that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is required in the public interest,” said Robinson to TheDCNF. “All prosecutions are kept under continuous review and prosecutors are required to take account of any change in circumstances as the case develops.”
“We will now be conducting a management review together with the Metropolitan Police to examine the way in which this case was handled.”
The Metropolitan police confirmed this joint undertaking, with spokeswoman Aimee Young saying that “until that review is complete the Met will not comment about what has taken place and why” in a statement to TheDCNF.
“However, the Met understands the concerns that have been raised as a result of this case being dismissed from court and the ongoing review will seek to address those.”
Allan’s case resembles that of Thady Duff, Patrick Foster, and Leo Mahon, in which Gloucester Crown Court dropped gang rape charges against the three students upon the revelation that detectives “airbrushed” and “cherry picked” evidence.
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