Charges dropped against husband
A MAN accused of falsely imprisoning his wife and causing her grievous bodily harm walked free from Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday when the prosecution dropped the charges against him. At an earlier hearing in September Barry Creasey, 62, protested his
A MAN accused of falsely imprisoning his wife and causing her grievous bodily harm walked free from Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday when the prosecution dropped the charges against him.
At an earlier hearing in September Barry Creasey, 62, protested his innocence from the dock and said the proceedings had caused "incalculable damage" to his family.
Creasey, of Walden Road, Thaxted, had been committed for trial accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on his wife Susan and falsely imprisoning her on July 19 this year.
Creasey denied both charges and his trial was fixed to take place on January 22. But prosecutor Marc Cannatella told the court on Friday that lawyers had reconsidered the case and decided to offer no evidence.
You may also want to watch:
He said the Crown had reviewed the matter and decided there were great concerns regarding the aggrieved's credibility in the case.
Defence counsel, Mark Roochove, said Creasey was grateful the charges had been dropped but expressed his concerns it had taken so long.
- 1 Council agrees to 'complicated' parking charges at Hylands Park
- 2 Rural ramblers efforts for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
- 3 Universal Credit: Help is still out there, says Essex County Council
- 4 Creamfields Chelmsford 2022 tickets to go on sale this month
- 5 Book exchange opens in Dunmow
- 6 It's pumpkin picking season again at Cammas Hall Farm as Halloween approaches
- 7 Tributes pour in after death of Essex MP Sir David Amess
- 8 Tributes paid to PC Tris Baker who died in Roxwell collision
- 9 Conservative MP David Amess dies after being stabbed in Essex constituency
- 10 Hylands Park's new parking charges will be lowered, says council
Judge Peter Fenn directed that verdicts of not guilty be entered and told Creasey that he was discharged.
He added: "It's a shame it's taken this long. This incident is now over. You are free to go.