Man cleared of rape and sexual assault - Oxford

19/07/2013

A 22-year-old man has today, Friday, 19 July 2013, been found not guilty of sexual assault and rape following a five-day trial at Reading Crown Court.

Sameer Tasib, of Wilkins Road, Oxford, was cleared by a jury of both offences against a girl, who was aged 13 and 14 at the time.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "When we looked at the case presented to us by Thames Valley Police against this man we were satisfied that there was enough evidence to charge him with the offences against the young girl, who had made very serious allegations against him.

"When considering whether a case should be prosecuted, the CPS applies the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The reviewing lawyer has first to decide whether there is enough admissible evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. If the evidence satisfies the first test, then the lawyer has to consider the second test - the public interest test.

"The case against this man passed both these two tests and he was charged.

"The jury after having the opportunity of hearing both the prosecution and defence cases in full has reached a verdict of not guilty, which we respect.

"I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victim, who came forward to give evidence, and would like to thank her for her support for this prosecution."