New evidence sees man walk free from court

27/09/2012

A man who was arrested in connection with a shop robbery has walked free from Liverpool Crown Court after prosecutors from CPS Mersey-Cheshire said they were not offering any evidence against him.

Two men burst into a newsagents on College Road, Crosby, on Saturday, April 21 and threatened the shopkeeper with a knife. After forcing the shopkeeper to hand over £200 in cash, the two men fled the shop and got into a car which was waiting outside.
A witness gave a description of the getaway car and a short time later police stopped Matthew Gaskell in his vehicle on Stanley Road, Bootle, as he was heading into the city centre.

Mr Gaskell, 32, of Keble Road, Bootle, was later charged with robbery and was due to stand trial. CPS Mersey-Cheshire made the decision to stop the case after additional CCTV evidence came to light.

Simon Duncan, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: "We  keep cases under constant review and following additional CCTV evidence, we have decided to offer no evidence against Mr Gaskell and he is a free man."

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