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Rape case scandal is just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Police and prosecutors may be biased, says QC

Liam Allan with his mother Lorraine and supporters outside Croydon crown court
Liam Allan with his mother Lorraine and supporters outside Croydon crown courtBEN GURR FOR THE TIMES

The case of an innocent student put on trial for rape because police withheld evidence is just the “tip of the iceberg”, senior barristers said last night.

Dozens of cases have collapsed in the past three years because of serious police failings over the way they handle evidence, according to an inspection report obtained by The Times.

In one case, a man accused of robbery spent six months in jail before a prosecutor found evidence confirming that he had been robbed by the “victim”, who was a violent drug dealer.

Yesterday The Times revealed that Liam Allan, 22, spent almost two years on bail and was on trial for a series of alleged rapes before police handed over text messages that exonerated him.

Angela Rafferty,…

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