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Statement re: review of live CASO cases

News   •   Dec 19, 2017 17:21 GMT

This afternoon (Tuesday, 19 December) the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence in the case of R v Itiary at the Inner London Crown Court.

Isaac Itiary was charged with the rape of a child under 16, and other offences, after consultation with the CPS in July 2017. Since then the MPS investigation team has been working closely with the CPS to progress the investigation and provide full disclosure.

In response to the defence case statement received by the officer in the case on 15 December, all material was reviewed to identify any further relevant information likely to assist their case. This resulted in the identification of relevant material which was passed to the CPS to disclose.

Given the time elapsed between the charging decision and receipt of the defence case statement, the MPS will carry out a review of this investigation to ensure that all reasonable lines of inquiry were pursued at the earliest practical opportunity.

As a precaution, every live case being investigated by the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (CASO) command, where the MPS is in discussion with the CPS, is being reviewed to ensure that all digital evidence has been properly examined, documented and shared with the CPS to meet obligations under disclosure.

Commander Richard Smith, who oversees rape investigations in the Met, said:

"I completely understand that this case may raise concerns about our compliance with disclosure legislation given the backdrop of the case of R v Allan last week. The Met is completely committed to understanding what went wrong in the case of Mr Allan and is carrying out a joint review with the CPS, the findings of which will be published.

"Rape investigations are by their nature very complex, and often hinge on the contradictory accounts of the alleged suspect and the complainant about what has taken place. We are reviewing all our investigations, where we are in discussion with the CPS, to assure ourselves that we are meeting our disclosure obligations in an acceptable timescale based on the volume of data that some cases involve."