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‘Complexities’ of missing evidence case
8:19am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
POLICE say a court case in which they lost evidence had “a number of complexities” and have paid tribute to the victim’s courage.
As revealed in The Press yesterday, Michael Bennison, 28, has had a charge that he tried to kill his girlfriend Amy Evans dropped, after North Yorkshire Police misplaced DNA evidence. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of wounding instead.
Detective Chief Supt Simon Mason, North Yorkshire Police’s head of crime, last night said a number of complexities were taken into account by prosecutors when accepting the guilty plea to wounding rather than “subjecting Amy Evans to the emotional stress and anxiety of giving evidence against her former partner”.
He said her courage and officers’ tenacity meant Bennison was in prison awaiting sentence rather than being free.
He said headlines around the case, picked up by national media yesterday, would cause concern, but said he was confident the context and full detail would be made public prior to Bennison’s sentencing on October 31.