A judge slammed prosecutors and police after CCTV which helped exonerate a businessman accused of sexual assault was not seen by his defence team until the trial.
Valentin Krzyzyk, 27, always denied claims he grabbed the woman’s bottom, groped her and called her a ‘thot’, meaning ‘that ho over there’, at London’s Cirque Le Soir nightclub.
But CCTV footage showing the alleged victim continuing to drink with friends after the alleged attack was only released to defence and prosecution barristers on the first day of trial.
Lawyers had previously been informed by the officer in the case that there was nothing of relevance in the footage, the court heard.
The first time Mr Krzyzyk saw the footage was when the jury were shown it in court and the complainant broke down in tears when it was played to her, saying she also had not seen it before.
At one point in the footage the view is blocked for a short ‘vital moment’ when someone walks in front of the camera for five seconds.
However Judge Recorder Michael Bromley-Martin QC said: ‘That does not mean that the CCTV on the whole was not very important and significant evidence in the case.’