Dylan Seabridge death: Charges against Glynn and Julie Seabridge dropped

05/11/2014

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that the parents of Dylan Seabridge from Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, who was found dead in late 2011, will no longer face criminal charges.

Iwan Jenkins, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru/Wales, said:

"All cases brought before the courts are required to comply with the evidential and public interest standards set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We are also required to keep cases under review, in order to ensure that these standards continue to be met.

"We have recently concluded a detailed review of the prosecution case against Glynn and Julie Seabridge, in relation to the tragic death of their son Dylan.

"Due to the very complex and serious nature of this case, expert advice and guidance has been sought from a number of sources by both the prosecution and defence teams.

"Taking account of the very many factors involved, it is our view that Julie Seabridge is unfit to face criminal charges on health grounds.

"In relation to Glynn Seabridge, our conclusion is that it is not in the public interest to pursue a prosecution against him. There are a number of public interest factors weighing against the need for a prosecution of Mr Seabridge in this case. These are related to concerns about his health and the likely effect of a prosecution on him, as well as the nature of the case and the likely penalty that a court would impose in the event of a conviction.

"It should be noted that 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.

"As a result of our review conclusions, we have today informed the court that the prosecution offers no evidence against either Glynn or Julie Seabridge."

Notes to editors

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, 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.