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Report published into collapse of historical sex offence trial

Report published into collapse of historical sex offence trial

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:14pm 22nd November 2019.

Surrey Police have published an independent report into the collapse of a non-recent sexual abuse trial in 2018.

The trial involved 74-year-old former DJ Jonathan King over allegations of historical sex offences – all of which he denied.

Proceedings against Mr King were stopped in August last year following “disclosure issues” and he was told there would be no further action.

In total, 27 recommendations have been made in the conclusion of the report, which found a four-year investigation into the allegations was both under resourced and incorrectly supervised.

Since the case was thrown out Mr King has been critical of Surrey Police, describing the force’s behaviour as “appalling” and has since called for the county’s police and crime commissioner to resign.

At the time the trial collapsed, Surrey Police said they recognised there were “serious organisational failings in the investigation” and the independent review was launched.

The review was completed by the national body for the coordination of high-profile sexual abuse investigations – Operation Hydrant.

In response to its findings Surrey Police’s Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp said:

“The primary reason that we jointly commissioned this independent report was to establish what lessons could be learnt from why this case concluded the way it did.

“In summary a series of organisational failures, principally with the disclosure process and appropriate resourcing of the investigation team led to its demise.

“We are sorry for the impact this has had on victims and those involved in the case. I hope that our desire to commission this report to understand what happened and openly share the learning is reassurance of just how seriously we have taken this matter.

“At the heart of all this are a number of victims whose evidence was regrettably never tested in court.

“It is critical that we learn from these recommendations for future cases so that it doesn’t happen again, and are grateful to the Hydrant team for their support on this.”

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