Our thanks to Mike P for this. The start of the piece:
A Tory MP’s aide cleared of rape as it emerged evidence was only disclosed eight days before trial said today police and CPS do it because it ‘makes getting convictions easier’.
Samuel Armstrong, 24, from Essex, has pointed the finger at Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders for creating a ‘competitive atmosphere’ to pursue sex cases.
He said: ‘Sometimes it is easier for them not to ask the difficult questions and push for things they know could undermine their case’.
His defence team is understood to have waited up to nine months for phone and medical records which his accuser, a parliamentary worker in her 20s, initially refused to hand over to police.After being acquitted, Mr Armstrong, a senior aide to MP Craig Mackinlay, said he could have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice but for evidence handed over at the last minute.