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Belfast woman who claims she was raped challenges PPS decision not to prosecute


Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

A Belfast woman who claims she was raped has launched a legal challenge to a decision not to bring a prosecution.

She is seeking to judicially review the authorities who refused to review her complaint against the man she accused.

A judge hearing the case at the High Court today imposed a ban on identifying either the woman or her alleged attacker.

Her challenge relates to a Public Prosecution Service decision last year not to pursue a case against the man.

It is understood this was based on a lack of corroborating evidence.

Proceedings were then initiated once the PPS confirmed in March that it would not being carrying out a review.

Lawyers for the woman argue that her credibility was strengthened by a finding in a separate court case.

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In court today Mr Justice Treacy adjourned their application for leave to seek a judicial review until the man accused is informed about the challenge and given a chance to participate.

"I can imagine somebody in his shoes would be very surprised if they were to read in the press that leave was granted and they were suddenly at risk of potentially facing a future prosecution," he said.

"It's the direction of the court that he be notified and informed as to when the case will be next before the court. He should have a full set of papers."

The case will resume in two weeks time.

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