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Thanks for getting back to me.
I woukd like to know what are the chances of the suspect being prosecuted and whether thet should appoint a solicitor at this stage - the police investigation is not quite finished.
I was also wandering how does it work when somoene makes an allegation but don't give exact date or time of the alleged incident... Would such accusations pass the evidential stage test with the prosecutors?
How can one defend themselves when they cant even be certain that they were at the crime scene when the crime was supposed to happen?
In this particular case the alleged victim does not have mental capacity to give statement due to extremely poor memory...
Going forward, what sort of solicitor would you suggest the defendant appoints? Should they be looking for a particular area of expertise, relevant experience, etc...
Also could you just explain to me what the quality of evidence is? So far in this case the only evidence are the statements from the defendant's colleagues.
Could the defence be based on the denail and claiming that the witnesses made their allegation up as part of revange?
Do you think that the police will now probe the witnesses for credibility following the defendants statement which is totally contrary to the allegations and the defendant told the police that they feel that the allegations were made up as part of revenge.
Or do the police not care and will just give the whole file to the prosecution for a review and decision whether to charge or not...
It's a shame that the defendant did not ask for a solicitor to be present at the police interview.
I suppose that if further interviewing by police will take place then having a solicitor there is a must?
Would you advise to use the free statutory solicitor for the next police interview (if there is another interview) or appoint someone else now and discuss all that's gone on untill now with them and ask them to attend the interview if needed.