BELFAST WOMAN CHALLENGES PPS DECISION NOT TO BRING RAPE CHARGE

 

Woman challenges PPS decision not to prosecute a man she claims raped her

Woman challenges PPS decision not to prosecute a man she claims raped her

A WOMAN who claims she was raped has launched a legal challenge against a decision by the Public Prosecution Service not to bring a court case against her alleged attacker.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who is from Belfast, is seeking leave for a judicial review of why the PPS refused to review her complaint against the man she accused.

Her challenge relates to a PPS decision last year not to pursue a case against the man on the grounds of corroborating evidence.

Proceedings were then initiated once the PPS confirmed in March that it would not being carrying out a review.

Lawyers for the woman argue that her credibility was strengthened by a finding in a separate court case.

In the High Court on Thursday, Mr Justice Treacy adjourned their application until the man accused is informed about the challenge and given a chance to participate.

“I can imagine somebody in his shoes would be very surprised if they were to read in the press that leave was granted and they were suddenly at risk of potentially facing a future prosecution,” he said.

“It’s the direction of the court that he be notified and informed as to when the case will be next before the court.

“He should have a full set of papers.”

Mr Justice Treacy also imposed a ban on identifying either the woman or her alleged attacker.

The case will resume in a fornight.

 

 

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