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Stabbing case dropped

Wed, 27 Apr 2011


A woman who was accused of stabbing a man who was fighting with her boyfriend has had the case against her dropped.

 

It's after police failed to look properly at CCTV footage showing the events leading up to the fight, the fight itself and the aftermath.

 

Sydney Tomlinson had been accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the incident in Douglas town centre last TT week.

 

The defendant, the alleged victim and witnesses gave differing accounts of exactly what had happened and where it took place.

 

Tomlinson denied stabbing the man or having had a weapon.

 

CCTV tapes were available from a number of different cameras in the area but some footage wasn't obtained and others were looked at and deemed not to contain any evidence.

 

Deemster Moran ruled that the officers failed to obtain and preserve footage from a number of cameras that would have shown relevant events.

 

He granted an application to stay the court proceedings against Tomlinson on the grounds that continuing them would be an abuse of the court process.

 

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