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No. Its the first time
Sustained sexual assault by step parent. A saw marks on B's body. A advised B to go to the police. B did so. A made a witness statement.
As I understand the position there are one or two possible outcomes.
1. The police give A a ticking off and drop the matter.
2. The police arrest A under suspicion of wasting police time.
I further understand that pursuant to the Criminal Law Act 1967, section 2, a person wastes police time if
a) they make a false report,
b) they give reasons to worry about another's safety and
c) they show that they have information useful to an enquiry.
As far as the police are concerned they want the witness statement signed in order to present the same to the CPS, since without it, the witness statement cannot be used in evidence (Criminal Justice Act 1967, section 9), (albeit in my opinion the statement aids the defence and is inadmissible since it is mainly third party evidence).
A has not given a false report.
A has given reasons to worry about another person's safety.
A has given information useful to the enquiry.
Given the serious nature of the alleged offence, if A refuses to co-operate with the police there is a danger that A could face prosecution.
Am I shooting in the right direction?
Sorry Jo I do not fully understand.
It is the witness who wishes to withdraw the statement, not the alleged victim...