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Jon Gregg Secures Rape Acquittal

Following a three-day trial at Teeside Crown Court in March, Jon Gregg, instructed by Peter Minnickin of Messrs. McCormicks of Harrogate, secured the acquittal of Mr. P on a charge of rape. 

Following a three-day trial at Teeside Crown Court in March, Jon Gregg, instructed by Peter Minnickin of Messrs. McCormicks of Harrogate, secured the acquittal of Mr. P on a charge of rape.  The complaint was made in July, 2013.  Mr. P was arrested and interviewed that same night.  The case was publicised in the local media.  Although he was subsequently bailed, the charge, and associated stigma, hung over him for some twenty months.

The allegation, as is so often the case, involved the word of the complainant against that of Mr. P.  However, this particular trial involved an extra element of evidence recovered from the mobile telephones recovered from both parties.  In addition, Jon was obliged to make a, successful as it transpired, application to adduce an element of the complaint’s previous sexual history pursuant to s41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.   

The defence, accepted by the jury, was one of consent.  After twenty turbulent months, Mr. P. was able to return to normality.

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