THOUSANDS of pounds were wasted as five trials were scrapped in one morning – because witnesses did not turn up.
The hours of time in previous court cases and in preparing the cases all came to nothing as magistrates in Chester Magistrates Court threw the domestic cases out on Monday, with no witnesses to prove guilt or innocence.
With each trial costing an average £2,000, it represents a huge loss to the taxpayer.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “We made the decision not to proceed with five domestic violence cases listed for trial on Monday because, in all of these cases, important witnesses did not attend court to give evidence or withdrew their support on the day.”
“Without their valuable evidence, we could not proceed.”
Tom Dobbie, 52, of Coventry Avenue, Great Sutton had been accused of assaulting Avril Dobbie on July 23.
Warren David Kelly, 24, of Hyde Close, Great Sutton was alleged to have used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour toward Holly Semple on August 2 in Chester.
Gavin Glyn Sproston, 31, of Western Avenue, Blacon was charged with sending messages during a telephone call to Diane Donlevy which were indecent or grossly offensive on April 23 and 24.
And Mark Andrew Waters, of Moss Bank, Chester stood accused of assaulting Rachel McLoughlin by beating on July 22.
All have now walked free without facing trial.
The CPS added: “We do understand that coming to court is a daunting and traumatic experience for anybody, particularly those people involved in domestic violence cases.
“We’d like to reassure victims and witnesses of domestic violence that they will be given our full support when they appear at court.”