Following a 2 week trial, including a prosecution case which received widespread and lurid press coverage, Cathy McCulloch’s client was acquitted of 3 counts of rape. Defence was reasonable belief that the complainant had consented. Following a forensic dissection of the prosecution case in a closing speech described by a member of the national press as “the most powerful I have ever heard”, the jury were unable to reach a verdict and discharged on 16th December 2016.
At a hearing on 13th January 2017, the Crown offered no evidence. Counsel was instructed by Jonathan Hanratty from the Durham Office of Chivers Solicitors.
For examples of press coverage during and after trial, try a web search on “McCulloch Durham student rape”.