Sexual Offences

Prosecution for Serious Sexual Offence Discontinued

 

We can report another notable success in an allegation of serious sexual assault at the police station stage. Our client, a prominent City professional was on bail for several months in connection with a complaint made and investigated by the London RASSO - Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Team.

The case was recently discontinued at the police station stage with no further action taken. Our client retains his good character. Roger Sahota of this practice was instructed and represented the client  at the police station interview stage.    

Another Acquittal in Prosecution of Teacher for Sexual Misconduct

Roger Sahota was recently instructed to represent a teacher accused of a serious allegation of sexual assault on a pupil.

After the first trial in the Crown Court produced a hung jury, the CPS have determined that there will be no retrial.

Our client remains a man of good character without a stain on his reputation. 

If you require advice in connection with any criminal allegation please contact our offices on 0208 411 0221. 

Serious Sexual Offences Prosecution Discontinued

Our private client crime department can report that the CPS RASSO unit has discontinued a police investigation into allegations of serious sexual assault made against one of our professional clients.

Police station advice and representation before RASSO was provided by Roger Sahota.

This practice is instructed in a number of cases defending individuals accused of serious sexual crimes with investigations conducted by the London and regional RASSO team.

If you require representation in relation to an allegation conducted by RASSO please contact our London offices.   

Roger Sahota Comments on Review of CPS Sexual Offences Unit

Last week the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published it’s report on the performance of the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) units. Announcing the publication of the report, the Chief Inspector of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Kevin McGinty said that the level of performance of RASSO must improve.

The Report was critical of the CPS, claiming that RASSO units are insufficiently resourced and understaffed. It highlighted an inconsistency in the operating models rolled out nationally and said that RASSO casework was not always handled by specialists in dedicated units as it should be. In particular:  

·         cases were dealt with by a rape specialist in only 53 of the 85 cases reviewed (62.4%),

·         there was continuity of prosecutor in only 44 of the 72 relevant cases (61.1%)

·         files were dealt with by a dedicated RASSO unit in only 42 cases (46.7%)

Berkeley Square Solicitors’s private client department deals with a large number of RASSO cases and is regularly in contact with officers and lawyers working for this branch of the CPS.

Commenting on the report, Berkeley Square Solictors principal Roger Sahota stated that

“Allegations of sexual misconduct can leave an indelible stain on the character of those innocently accused. Having represented a number of individuals whose cases have been discontinued after lengthy delays we note with concern the HMCTS report’s findings that only 39% of the cases examined met the target time for a decision to charge of 28 days. We are aware of cases where clients have waited 6 or months or longer before a decision is made. It is imperative that action is taken to ensure that those under police investigation are dealt with as swiftly as possible by state prosecuting and investigating agencies.”

The CPS response to the report can be found here.