Police sorry for student rape trial collapse

Police and prosecutors have apologised after a rape trial collapsed because an officer failed to disclose evidence.

The case against Liam Allan, 22, was thrown out of court after it emerged a detective had failed to hand over text messages from the accuser’s phone.

After a review into the investigation, the Metropolitan Police said the mistake was “human error” and not deemed deliberate.

No officers or prosecutors have been disciplined over the case.

“The disclosure problems in this case were caused by a combination of error, lack of challenge, and lack of knowledge,” a joint police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review found.

Writing for Sky News, Mr Allan said he had an “overwhelming feeling was frustration” after spending two years on bail during the case.

Metropolitan Police Commander Richard Smith said he had met with Mr Allan to offer a “personal apology”.

“I was really pleased to have that opportunity to meet with him face-to-face, allow him to read the report and apologise for the errors that were made,” he said.

More from UK

All rape and serious sexual assault cases in England and Wales are being reviewed by the CPS to ensure evidence has been disclosed after the collapse of a series of cases in recent weeks.

More follows…