CPS On ‘Jane’ v Lord Brittan: Evidential Test Not Passed

I could write a great deal about this story but I’ll restrict myself to one observation.

It’s a great shame that ‘Jane’s” case was exploited for cheap copy in the first place. It certainly was never in her interests that it should have happened regardless of what she thinks. It’s a great shame that The Independent on Sunday have had to set the record straight in such detail but then it is a great shame that they have had to set the record straight at all.

No doubt some will suggest that this is yet another example of a ‘smear’ campaign but then there are some supporters of Exaro News who believe that anyone who questions that news outlet in any way is in fact a paedophile themselves. Such is the brainwashed cult-like following that Exaro have online.

Earlier in the week the CPS made a statement regarding this issue which can be found HERE


Leon Brittan 1967

The Independent on Sunday can reveal that the initial legal advice given to the police in August 2013 was that the evidence against him fell short of the standards required to lead to a prosecution. The police agreed, and decided against interviewing Lord Brittan. When the alleged victim, known by the pseudonym “Jane”, was told the evidence was insufficient, she encouraged Labour MP Tom Watson to take up her case. The MP wrote to Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, asking her to ensure that all proper procedures had been followed. The police reopened the investigation, but when the peer was interviewed, he denied he had met the woman in question. Six months later Brittan died with the threat of prosecution still hanging over him.

The CPS opinion has never been made public, but the IoS can reveal that concerns were expressed as to whether, assuming an encounter took place, “the suspect was unaware that the victim was not consenting to the sexual intercourse between them”. “On the victim’s evidence alone,” says the advice, “there is no evidence that the suspect had asked the victim for sex, that he had demanded sex, that he had forced the victim to [lie] on the bed, neither did he ask her to remove her clothing”.

It was reported last week that the CPS was refusing to tell the police what its opinion was of the allegations about Brittan. Jane was quoted as saying “the detective who told me seemed disappointed that neither the Met, nor I, would be told whether Leon Brittan could have been prosecuted. Unfortunately I have to live with the fact.” But this version of events was denied by the CPS on Friday in an unusually strongly worded statement. It confirmed that in July 2013 it had provided police with “early investigative advice” (which the IoS has seen). The statement continued that, since in spite of their later investigations the police “were never able to conclude that the evidential test for a full charging decision was met” and, because “the state of the case fundamentally remains the same as it was”, the CPS stood by its original guidance.

The Independent


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11 responses to “CPS On ‘Jane’ v Lord Brittan: Evidential Test Not Passed

  1. Anon

    MacAlpine defence: show one allegation to be false and all the others will be then be treated with the greatest of suspicion and will be forgotten about.

    • dpack

      spot on mate

      somewhere in the needle archives are the links that might illuminate some interesting aspects of exaro’s bone fides

      one degree of seperation from politicals,one degree from spooks ,one degree from major players.
      one +1 separation from the convicted(oysten and chums) is perhaps a coincidence but it could be seen as a conflict of interest.
      they came to the table a little late and have not washed their hands .

  2. nuggy

    all news outlets are there to sell news there not a public service to give us the facts and exaro is no different and even if they were out purely to report the facts there not always in a position to know weather what they are reporting is a fact or not.

  3. 1984

    Eh? ”Brainwashed, cult-like following” ?
    EXARO is doing an important job !

    • Andy Barnett

      You’re right, Exaro IS doing an important job. But no news outlet is infallible, nor should be beyond criticism. It’s been appauling how some Exaro fans and staff have attacked bloggers like Gojam for daring to question the accuracy of Exaro’s reporting. Sure, there are people around that are not on the side of truth and justice as far as establishment paedophilia is concerned, but Gojam is not one of them.

      • Andy Barnett

        Sorry Gojam – can you add the word ‘some’ before ‘Exaro fans’? Thanks

        • You’re not who I’m talking about. Following Exaro on Twitter or reading their stories does not make you a cult member. I’m talking about the sycophantic followers who mistakenly accept without question that everything that Exaro publish is true and balanced. Some is good, some is rubbish and worse harmful rubbish. This is just one case in point.

      • Andy Barnett

        I know I’m not. I was responding to 1984, not your piece.

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