CPS authorises Mark Doggrell to be charged with GBH

03/07/2015

The CPS has today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge Mark Doggrell with GBH in relation to an incident involving a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association.

Rachael Scott, Head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit said: "The CPS Victims' Right of Review (VRR) scheme allows victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to prosecute in certain circumstances. In this case the complainant was eligible to apply and the case was referred to me to review it.

"After careful consideration of all the evidence in this case, including additional new evidence, I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge Mark Doggrell with recklessly causing Grievous Bodily Harm.

"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.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Mr Doggrell will be summonsed to appear before the Magistrates' Court at date is yet to be fixed for this hearing.

Notes

The CPS' 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, a copy of which is provided via the link below:

www.cps.gov.uk/publications/code_for_crown_prosecutors/index.html

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.

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.

The Victims' Right or Review (VRR) scheme gives victims the right to request a review of a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to prosecute or to terminate criminal proceedings. Any victim in a case where a qualifying decision has been made, is entitled to seek a review of that decision under the scheme. Members of the public who are not victims in the case may not request a review of that case under the VRR scheme.