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Hi I made an allegation of abuse against a former Catholic

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Hi I made an allegation of abuse against a former Catholic Priest and this is due for trial next week, It is really affecting me and the way my life is going, I have a good job, am well respected and i do not want to go ahead with this case what can I do
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Hi.

Thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

Is this the first time you have made such an allegation please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Jo


 


Yes it is the allegation was first made a number of years ago although not to the Police and I didnt proceed then I gave a full statement about two years ago.


 


This priest has already been convicted an jailed on two seperate occasions for two similar offences

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.

Thanks.

Is this an allegation of sexual abuse or violence?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sexual Abuse

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thanks.

That is all I need to know.

If this is an allegation of sexual abuse then they probably will let you withdraw. They do have a policy of summonsing at the moment but mostly that is applied to allegations of violence within a domestic setting.

Obviously they do not have to let you withdraw. You are not removing the evidence by making a retraction statement. You are just saying that you are reluctant. That is not evidence. However, for the most part they will allow withdrawals.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Jo


Who do I need to contact to withdraw is it the Police or Public Prosecution Service?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
The police. They are the evidence gatherers.

The PPS will make the ultimate decision.
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Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
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