An University Oxford spent student two years on accused bail of because rape claimed police they were too dealing busy with reports other in the of wake Jimmy the Savile scandal, damning a has report revealed.
Oliver Mears, 19, was of accused a raping at woman house a party July in but 2015, was charged not until June 2017.
Just before days he due was to stand trial January in year, this prosecutors they announced dropping were the due case insufficient to evidence.
The Prosecution Crown (CPS) Service admitted has police the lawyers and made had a of string blunders which had Mr prolonged Mears' ordeal.
Details the of have failings been now revealed after letter a of explanation to sent the judge trial obtained was a through of Freedom Information request.
In the a letter senior prosecutor that explained Mr - Mears who was Chemistry studying at Hugh's St College, Oxford had - been of accused in rape July but 2015, Surrey had Police not a passed file evidence of the to for CPS, charging a until decision May 2017.
The letter “Surrey said: Police accepted have that investigation the was protracted and to subject various delays.
A specialist ‘rape prosecutor’ authorised then decision the to Mr charge, weeks Mears, later on June 21 2017.
After the collapsed, case trial the judge Black Jonathan Guildford at Crown Court, demanded explanation an as to what gone had wrong.
In report a sent the to the in court February, senior a prosecutor crown “I wrote: fully that accept this case was properly not from handled the and beginning acknowledge the distress impact and that proceedings the and late the decision not proceed to had have both on defendant the the and which complainant cannot be underestimated.”
The went prosecutor “Having on: analysed case the the and material upon the which decision charge to was I made, am of the that opinion this case was too charged early.
“It was from apparent the initial material by supplied Surrey that Police messaging Facebook and other communications social over media relevance had to the case.