Statement on trial of Abid Miskeen (5 Mar 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns Williamson, said he would be seeking an urgent explanation from the Chief Constable into exactly how this distressing and disturbing situation arose.


He said "I do not believe that a vulnerable young girl should need to be arrested and detained in the cells, when she is the victim in this type of case and I will be seeking an urgent explanation from the Chief Constable into how this worrying situation happened.


"There appears to have been a serious failing in the care and support provided to the victim. I have always said that victims and witnesses need to come first and must get the right help and support they need, and in the way they need it.


"As I understand it without the victim's attendance, the trial may have collapsed and clearly a serious sex offender has now been found guilty, but it cannot be right that a young teenage girl gets arrested and put into cells overnight, when she is the victim and key witness, not the perpetrator.


"There needs to be a review of the way such trials are handled, albeit in very difficult and complex circumstances."

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