Criminal defence lawyer Nick Freeman has reiterated his call for a time limit when it comes to reporting sexual crimes.
The call comes after the Crown Prosecution Service revealed its decision not to prosecute Sir Cliff Richard over claims of historical claims of abuse is being reviewed after an appeal by one of the singer’s four accusers.
The highly publicized case against the singer – who was never arrested or charged over the allegations – was dropped in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
The celebrity lawyer, commentator and author – who is a long time advocate of defendant anonymity in sex cases – said three years should be the maximum period for a report to be made.
This, he said, brings these allegations on a parity basis with personal injury claims in a civil court.
In relation to children, he added the three year rule would commence when they reached the age of 18.
Mr Freeman said: “We now live in era where there is a massive support system for victims of these heinous crimes, which is in stark contrast to the system that previously existed.
“Unless there are very cogent reasons, ie someone is held a prisoner, these allegations should be reported to the police within three years of them occurring.
“This will provide a fairer system to both complainant and defendants, and it will be easier for the Crown Prosecution Service to accurately access if there would be a 50 per cent chance of a conviction.”
Mr Freeman added: “In my mind there is no doubt that some of these anachronistic prosecutions have been brought because of the ‘sins of Savile’.
“He should have been investigated and prosecuted many years ago, and no amount of historic prosecutions against others will right that wrong.
“The times have changed when many of these alleged crimes are said to have taken place. What was acceptable then is not now, and bringing these prosecutions is a highly complex issue.”
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