Kuljeet Dobe secured a double acquittal for his client, DS, who had just been released from prison after serving 6 years for armed robbery.
DS was charged with assault by penetration and rape. He was tried in December 2020 and was found Not Guilty of assault by penetration but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the rape.
At the end of the 5 day retrial on 02.07.21, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty of rape.
The Crown relied on WhatsApp messages in which DS told the complainant that he knew that she “said no a million times, but (he) genuinely thought she was playing hard to get”. In the messages he also told her not to go to the police as he would be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his 8 year 6 month sentence. He also told her in a “voice note” message “if you tell the police, I guarantee I will be going back to serve another 6 years on top of the 6 I have already done”.
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