Richard Davies successfully defends man with learning difficulties in rape trial containing 15 counts

11 February 2018

Richard Davies recently concluded an eight day trial at Oxford Crown Court in which the defendant faced seven counts of rape, six counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of assault by penetration and one count of engaging in a sexual activity in the presence of a child. The allegations dated back to 2004 - 2006. The defendant was accused of a series of sexual abuse against the daughter of a friend at a range of private and public locations. A successful Section 41 application was made in order to include in the trial an allegation of sexual assault that the complainant had made against another man.

The defendant has learning difficulties to the extent that an intermediary was used to assist him during the trial. The jury deliberated for around 8 hours before returning unanimous not guilty verdicts on all of the counts.