Statement following the acquittal of Joanne Mjadzelics

14/01/2015

Statement from Catrin Attwell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit:

"The full circumstances surrounding this case have been aired in court. The jury considered the matter for a considerable period of time and found Joanne Mjadzelics not guilty of the possession and distribution of indecent images of children. We of course respect that decision.

"Our role is to consider the evidence gathered by police investigations and decide whether there is a realistic prospect of a conviction in court. When making charging decisions, we are required to comply with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which sets out the evidential and public interest test that criminal cases need to meet.

"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.  A jury is required to evaluate evidence to a different standard; in order to convict a defendant they must be convinced beyond reasonable doubt of that person's guilt.

"Given the ongoing Independent Police Complaints Commission Investigation relating to complaints made by Ms Mjadzelics, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."