Prosecution offers no evidence in Colette Davies case

19/03/2013

A man accused of the murder of Colette Davies in India in 2004 has been released from custody, after the prosecution offered no evidence against him at a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court this morning.

The court formally entered not guilty verdicts against John Clifton Davies in respect of alleged offences of murder and fraud.

Felicity Galvin, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said:

"The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with South Wales Police as their investigation into the 2004 death of Colette Davies has developed.

"In November 2011 the CPS advised that, based on the evidence available at that time, John Clifton Davies should be charged with murder and two counts of fraud. As is normal in cases such as this, the police investigation continued after charges were laid.

"As part of that investigation, officers from South Wales Police recently visited the Himachal Pradesh region of India.

"During that visit the police became aware of significant new information including statements from two people, who had not previously come forward, who could potentially provide direct eyewitness evidence. This new information could be said to undermine the prosecution case.

"In the light of these developments, the CPS reviewed the case again and concluded that the evidential requirements laid out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors are no longer met in relation to both the murder and fraud charges.

"As a result, prosecution counsel has formally advised the court that we are offering no evidence against John Clifton Davies in this case.

"All parties involved have been fully informed of these developments."