Colin Witcher of Chambers’ Crime and Regulatory Team represented a defendant who faced an indictment containing five counts of historical rape against his foster-brother. Counts One to Four concerned specific incidents of rape, both anal and oral. Count Five was a multi-incident Count to cover further rapes alleged by the complainant, thought to amount to a further twenty times.
The case involved the cross-examination of a ten year old complainant together with family members. This was a highly sensitive and emotive case; the family fractured as a result of the allegations said to have occurred when the complainant was four and the defendant thirteen.
The Jury acquitted of all Counts.
Counsel was instructed by Afaya Syed of SJ Law Solicitors, London.