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Met detective involved in collapsed rape prosecutions removed from active cases

Met detective involved in collapsed rape prosecutions removed from active cases

Removed from active cases: Mark Azariah A Met detective involved in two rape prosecutions that collapsed in one week has been removed from active cases pending a review.

Detective constable Mark Azariah, 37, has been taken off active investigations pending the outcome of the review, the Met said on Wednesday.

He has not been suspended.

It comes as Scotland Yard mounted an urgent review of 30 sexual offence cases after a second rape prosecution collapsed in less than a week over problems relating to the disclosure of evidence.

The 30 ‘live’ cases involving both rapes and serious sexual assaults are all about to go to trial and will be examined as a priority in liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service. Liam Allan (Sky News)
In addition, hundreds more sex cases in earlier stages of investigation will be reviewed to ensure officers are handing over all relevant digital evidence to defence lawyers.
The trial of Liam Allan, 22, was halted at Croydon Crown Court last week, after police failed to disclose texts from the complainant until the case came to court.The second prosecution against Isaac Itiary, 25, who was facing trial for the alleged rape of a child under 16, collapsed when police disclosed evidence […]

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