BREAKING: Appeals court frees man of rape charges

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A man who was convicted of rape and buggery in 2014 has been set free after his conviction was overturned in the Court of Appeal this morning.

Ronald Samuel served over two years of the 25-year sentence, which was handed down by now retired High Court Judge Justice Albert Redhead.

The complainant made a report to the police a day after she claimed Samuel had raped and buggered her. 

A medical doctor confirmed the woman did have lacerations and bruises to her vagina and to lesser extent her anus. 

However, at trial the complainant refused to testify claiming she did not remember much of the incident.

Despite her not giving evidence in court the case was handed over to the jury who returned with a verdict of guilty. 

Among the grounds filed in the appeal, the appellant argued the judge should have withdrawn the case after the complainant refused to testify.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Anthony Armstrong did not challenge the grounds of appeal and the conviction and sentence were quashed.

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