News Criminal Defence 14th Apr 2016

Narita Appears in Historic Child Grooming Case

Narita Bahra appeared in a child sexual exploitation and historic grooming case in which six defendants, from Diego-Garcia, were tried on a fourteen count indictment including allegations of gang rape, sexual activity with a child and supplying drugs. The six child witnesses were school girls aged between 13 and 15 years at the time of the alleged offences. Intermediaries were utillised to assist the complainants.

Narita’s client was the only defendant who faced allegations made by three complainants.

The case involved complex strategic and tactical decisions which enabled successful arguments to be mounted, which identified significant flaws in the prosecution disclosure exercise and its impact on the integrity of the investigation and trial.

This resulted in the prosecution taking the unusual step of offering no evidence on all counts, prior to the close of the prosecution case.

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