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You can't retract as such
If you retract you are saying you lied and made it up
What you can do is give a further statement saying what you now believe.
But that wont stop you being called as a witness if the matter goes to Court.
You can still be summoned to give evidence should the matter proceed to trial
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Hello Alex the matter is going to court in January.
You cant stop it going to Court, but you can go and tell the Court the truth.
How do I give a further statement and is it ok for my further statement to say I cant remember enough now to stand by what I previously said.
If you can't remember say so
But until it is dropped you must still attend as a witness
To give a further statement you simply go to the Police station and give one
I have no issue attending. But do I make an amendment to my statement saying I cant remember or do I say this on the day
You cant do it on the day as your statement wont be presented in evidence generally.
You will be asked what happened by the Prosecution
Then the Defence Solicitor will ask you questions.
If you cant be sure about who it was you say so
ok so do I need to amend my statement before the day
You can or give a further statement now
ok do I need to go to the police to do this, can I email them a new statement. Just so I am clear I can give a statement saying that I cant remember all the details that well anymore as it was many months ago
Yes you need to go to the Police. You can't email it. You can give a further statement saying you can't remember yes
so if I give a statement saying I can no longer remember I am not breaking the law. Can I make a really basic statement saying "I cant recall 100% the first statement anymore"
No you are not breaking the law.
You can make a statement saying you cant be sure, yes
That's good for me thanks. I think the police station is now in a different town due to budget cuts which is now 15 mies away. Can I ask them to come to me.
You can but there is no duty for them to do so
Ok last question they cant refuse to allow me to make a further statement
No they can't
thanks for all your help Alex.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
No you have been helpful thanks.
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