An autistic 16 year old male was accused of sexual assault on a 2 year old in her Grandfather’s garden, being next door to the accused lad’s home.
The sister of the 2 year old stated she had witnessed the assault from the upstairs window, stating that the accused had 'leapt' the garden fence between the properties then seriously sexually assaulted her sister. Subsequently, the lad was quite aggressively arrested and handcuffed by 4 (yes 4) officers!
I was instructed to visit the property in question to prepare plans and photographs, take measurements and also note lines of sight relating to the witness statements.
One major piece of evidence identified for the defence was that the fence was 1.9 metres high with the accused lad being 5'4" tall (1.63m) and not built athletically in any way. I also identified that where the sister stated he had landed was only 2 metres from the patio doors, where her grandfather was sitting watching TV with the doors open!!
Photos identified a clear line of sight for the grandfather who allowed me into the property. He stated he would be a witness for the defence as he believed what his granddaughter was saying was rubbish.
The photos and measurements proved that the events stated by the girl were quite impossible. This was further backed up by CCTV evidence I identified from another property overlooking the rear gardens. The CCTV footage showed that at the alleged time of the incident there was no evidence of the lad even being in the garden, let alone scaling the fence in any way!!
Enquiries also identified that this was not the first time this particular girl had made such allegations against people, which certainly cast doubt upon her allegations in this case.
Under questioning in court the girl’s evidence was taken apart by defence barristers who used my evidence to its best effect.
The lad was acquitted and all allegations were dropped. His family were extremely thankful as the allegations had put terrible strain on their lives.