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Aravindan Balakrishnan charged with false imprisonment, cruelty, indecent assault and rape

11/12/2014

Anthony Connell, senior prosecutor at the CPS, said: "The CPS has today authorised the police to charge Aravindan Balakrishnan with a number of charges including false imprisonment, cruelty to a person under 16 years, indecent assault and rape.

"After careful consideration, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"Aravindan Balakrishnan will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 17 December 2014.

"A decision of no further action has also been made in relation to a second individual, a woman arrested on 21 November 2013, as there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant have been commenced and of his right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

"Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute."

Details of the full charges: Aravindan Balakrishnan

  • Cruelty to a person under 16 years, contrary to section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933
  • False imprisonment
  • Indecent assault, contrary to section 14(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956
  • Rape, contrary to section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956

Ends

Notes to Editors

  1. The CPS's function is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider. The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
  2. This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.
  3. CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.
  4. Please be aware of anonymity provisions regarding the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992.
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