2 independent complainants identified the defendant, at two ID parades. 2 juries were sure he'd carried out 2 indecent assaults. 20 years later DNA evidence Ct of App clears him, after DNA evidence is found pointing strongly to the guilt of another man. bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/…
Well done to the @ccrcupdate for taking on and investigating this case, its 750th referral to the Court of Appeal.
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