Carer accused of abusing children in East Lancashire cleared of nine charges

Carer abused of abusing children in East Lancashire cleared of nine charges

Carer abused of abusing children in East Lancashire cleared of nine charges

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A CARER alleged to have sexually abused three teenage girls while working at children’s homes in East Lancashire has been cleared of nine charges.

Kevin Downes, 27, had denied 15 allegations of impropriety involving the youngsters during a seven-day hearing at Burnley Crown Court.

Downes, of Prospect Terrace, Stacksteads, was found not guilty by a jury of two offences of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust, involving one girl, and five offences of sexual activity with a child and two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, against a second girl.

Jurors failed to reach verdict on six further offences of sexual activity with a child in relation to a third girl and were discharged by Judge Andrew Woolman.

Prosecutors must now decide whether to seek a retrial on the outstanding six charges and Downes was released on bail until those discussion have taken place.

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6:12pm Sun 17 Aug 14

pdb951 says...

Simple. If the guy has been found not guilty or not been found guilty, end of.
Regardless of the crime do we now have a system whereby we keep running a trial until we get the result we want?
Simple. If the guy has been found not guilty or not been found guilty, end of. Regardless of the crime do we now have a system whereby we keep running a trial until we get the result we want? pdb951
  • Score: 7

10:26pm Sun 17 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

If this case was weak, why did it go to trial? Come on CPS!!!! Why are you wasting tax payers money?
Will you be taking Clive Grunshaws case on or will you not choose to take it to trial as he's at the top of the food chain, as you did last time.
Or is it that you as the CPS only charge when you feel like it. It seems it's not what you know but Who YOU KNOW.
If this case was weak, why did it go to trial? Come on CPS!!!! Why are you wasting tax payers money? Will you be taking Clive Grunshaws case on or will you not choose to take it to trial as he's at the top of the food chain, as you did last time. Or is it that you as the CPS only charge when you feel like it. It seems it's not what you know but Who YOU KNOW. glossopkid
  • Score: 8

10:48am Mon 18 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

If the jury has not reached a verdict, then those charges are outstanding It's up the Crown Prosecution Service whether to pursue those six remaining charges or to decide whether it is not worthwhile.

If there were six charges where a jury could not come to even a majority verdict, that does not suggest that the case was weak at all. If we are going to have a target for the CPS of 100% convictions why bother with trials?
If the jury has not reached a verdict, then those charges are outstanding It's up the Crown Prosecution Service whether to pursue those six remaining charges or to decide whether it is not worthwhile. If there were six charges where a jury could not come to even a majority verdict, that does not suggest that the case was weak at all. If we are going to have a target for the CPS of 100% convictions why bother with trials? Excluded again
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

If this chap is totally innocent then you have to feel for him because these charges stick and will stain his character and put doubt in peoples minds for the rest of his life. on the other hand if he has got away with it l am sure a leopard does not change its spots. So given time he will eventually slip up and maybe he will get his just deserts,
If this chap is totally innocent then you have to feel for him because these charges stick and will stain his character and put doubt in peoples minds for the rest of his life. on the other hand if he has got away with it l am sure a leopard does not change its spots. So given time he will eventually slip up and maybe he will get his just deserts, noddy57
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Mon 18 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

noddy57 wrote:
If this chap is totally innocent then you have to feel for him because these charges stick and will stain his character and put doubt in peoples minds for the rest of his life. on the other hand if he has got away with it l am sure a leopard does not change its spots. So given time he will eventually slip up and maybe he will get his just deserts,
Falsely accused comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: If this chap is totally innocent then you have to feel for him because these charges stick and will stain his character and put doubt in peoples minds for the rest of his life. on the other hand if he has got away with it l am sure a leopard does not change its spots. So given time he will eventually slip up and maybe he will get his just deserts,[/p][/quote]Falsely accused comes to mind. glossopkid
  • Score: 5

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