Defendant discharged after CPS offers no evidence

14/04/2011

Desune Coleman, who was accused of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, will not face prosecution.

The case was listed at Huntingdon Crown Court today, Thursday 14 April 2011. On a further review of the case, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided that the case could not go ahead and notified the defence and the court.

Today at Huntingdon Crown Court, the Crown formally offered no evidence against the defendant and HHJ Coleman entered not guilty verdicts.

The police had been alerted to an allegation that the defendant had pulled a gun on the victims during a road rage incident. The matter was investigated and sufficient evidence was identified at that time to bring charges against Desune Coleman.

The matter was kept under review and the police and CPS continued to make exhaustive enquiries regarding the credibility and reliability of the evidence relied upon to substantiate the charge.

Material was identified which undermined the case for the Crown and assisted the defence. Having subjected this material to careful and detailed scrutiny, the CPS decided that there was no longer any realistic prospect of obtaining a conviction against any defendant.

In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the decision was taken that the proceedings should be terminated.