CPS ‘sorry’ as mistake halts case

A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
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The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised after an adminstrative error has been blamed for the collapse of a trial against a Bulwell man.

Gavin Oldham (30), of Donbas Close, was arrested as a result of alleged family friction last summer and stood before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16th January.

Oldham pleaded not guilty to making over 70 silent calls to his brother and sister-in-law.

However it was heard in court that the absence of witness, PC Nicola Buckley, led to the collapse of the prosecutor’s case and it was thrown out by the bench.

Nottinghamshire Police contacted the Dispatch to defend their officer’s absence at the hearing stating she had been told by the Crown Prosecution Service that her attendance was no longer required.

This has since been confirmed by the CPS who have apologised for their error.

“PC Buckley, the only witness in this case, was written to in error to inform her that the hearing had been vacated and that she did not need to attend court,” said a CPS spokesman. “This happened because an application had been made to vacate the hearing to allow us to further examine some of the evidence, but this application was not granted.

“We have apologised to the complainant and PC Buckley for the error.”