CPS statement in Khalsa Singh case

25/06/2015

Steve Hoolohan Deputy Chief Crown prosecutor said: "The case against Khalsa Singh was stopped after we offered no evidence at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on June, 6, 2015. Mr Singh was charged with 23 offences of criminal damage to cars.

"The decision to offer no evidence was clearly the wrong one and was as a consequence of an unfortunate misunderstanding between the prosecuting agent that CPS Wessex had instructed and our reviewing lawyer. This misunderstanding was over the CCTV footage, which was the main evidence in the case.

"After we offered no evidence against the defendant, we wrote to the 23 victims in this case and apologised to them immediately acknowledging a mistake had been made. We met some of the victims in Portsmouth on Wednesday 24 June at a community meeting and offered them a goodwill payment of £80 to recognise the fact that they will no longer be able to seek compensation from the court should it have found the defendant responsible."