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CPS statement following animal cruelty trial

03/11/2011

Animal cruelty trial stopped

Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said:

"Earlier this year we received a file of information from the police. Based on this evidence, which included CCTV coverage, we charged two defendants with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. This was the right decision at the time.

"We keep cases under constant review to ensure that the prosecution remains viable. We are also in contact with the defence to ensure that any issues with the evidence are highlighted at the earliest opportunity. 

"On the first day of the trial, evidence came to our attention which meant that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. We therefore made the decision to stop the case. We accept that this decision was made late in the case and that the witnesses in this case may be disappointed. However, we have a duty to act given this new information.

"We will now conduct an internal review of this case to see there are any lessons for us to learn."

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For more information please contact Sharon King, Area Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.