Sir Cliff could face ‘living hell’ again after one accuser challenges decision not to prosecute him
Fresh agony for Sir Cliff as the CPS reviews abuse claims:
Singer could face ‘living hell’ again after one accuser challenges
decision not to prosecute him
- Sir Cliff Richard could be forced to endure ‘living hell’ once more
- One of his accusers challenged the decision not to prosecute him
- CPS confirmed case of alleged sex abuse is being reviewed by a lawyer
Sir Cliff Richard is facing fresh anguish after one of his accusers
challenged the decision not to prosecute him over sex abuse claims, it
emerged last night.
Just two months ago, the 75-year-old told one newspaper he was
attempting to rebuild his life after allegations against him were
dropped following a police investigation lasting nearly two years.
But now the singer could be forced to endure ‘living hell’ once more
after the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the case is being
One of Sir Cliff’s accusers has challenged the decision not to
prosecute him, and as a result an independent lawyer will review the
evidence presented to the CPS to decide whether or not they made the
The request to review the case was made at the beginning of this
month and is currently ongoing, although the length of the process is
not yet known. According to The Daily Mirror, Sir Cliff was told of the
challenge a short time before the death of his 73-year-old sister Donna
Goulden earlier this month.
The appeal was made under the Victims’ Right to Review. The scheme,
introduced in 2013, makes it easier for alleged victims to seek a review
if the CPS decides not to charge a suspect, to discontinue a case or
offer no evidence in court. Victims can also include bereaved relatives
or partners, and parents if the victim is aged under 18.
The change was prompted by a Court of Appeal ruling involving a case
in which the CPS decided not to bring sexual assault charges in 2007.
However, the decision was reversed and in 2011 the man was jailed for
three-and- a-half years. Last night a spokesman for the CPS said: ‘We
have received a Victims’ Right to Review request.
‘That is happening at the moment. The request was received at the beginning of August.’
Officers investigating claims of historic sexual abuse swooped on Sir
Cliff’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014. Sir Cliff has
always strongly denied the allegations.
Following a lengthy investigation, prosecutors took just one month to
consider the allegations before throwing them out in June this year.
A month later, Sir Cliff announced that he was launching a £1 million
action against the BBC and police for turning his life ‘upside down’
after the raid on his home was filmed.
South Yorkshire Police has previously apologised to Sir Cliff for the
‘initial handling of the media interest’ in its investigation. The BBC
also said it was ‘very sorry’ for the ‘distress’ caused by the coverage
of the police raid, but that it stood by its decision to report the
In June, Sir Cliff told the Mail he ‘thought he was going to die’
during the ‘really terrifying, really horrible’ police investigation.
He added: ‘I can’t imagine ever forgetting what these people have
done to me. It has damaged me in many, many ways.’ A spokesman for Sir
Cliff last night declined to comment.
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