Rosie-Ann Stone: CPS comment on acquittal

17/01/2014

The CPS commented today following the acquittal of Rosie-Ann Stone.

Jonathan Sharp, Principal Crown Advocate CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "We are aware of the incredibly emotive circumstances of this case but, when making decisions in any case, we must adhere to the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which requires us to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.

"Before taking the decision to proceed with this case, we carefully considered all the evidence, including expert evidence from the scene and the testimony of eye witnesses, and concluded that there was sufficient evidence to charge Rosie-Ann Stone with driving without due care and causing a fatality.

"In order to determine whether it was in the public interest to prosecute we took into consideration the different views expressed among Jennie's family.

"This was a very difficult decision, but weighing up all the considerations we concluded that, on balance, the public interest factors tending towards prosecution outweighed those tending against and that it was in the public interest to charge Rosie-Ann Stone and for the court to decide on her culpability.

"All the evidence has been placed before the jury, who have now returned their verdict, which we, of course, accept."