1. Yes, showing you need your friend's statement only to prove the laptop was stolen will go to show you only want the statement for the purpose of dealing with the proceedings. However, you should instruct your solicitor to make an application to court for the statement.
2. The is no point in waiting for the Crown Prosecution Service to deliver up the statement if they have not included it in the Bundle provided to date. YOu and your solicitor need to be proactive and to seek the statement.
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