TWO teenagers due to stand trial for burglary walked free when neither of the prosecution’s witnesses turned up to court.
The case against the pair, both from Winsford but cannot be named for legal reasons, collapsed after prosecuting solicitor, Sean Spencer, admitted he could not offer any evidence.
The offence was alleged to have taken place earlier this year at Hampstead Court, Winsford. After the witnesses, a husband and wife, failed to appear at Vale Royal Youth Court on Wednesday, Mr Spencer asked the bench for an adjournment.
Derek MacDonald, defending, opposed the application and magistrates threw out the charges against the 16- and 17-year-old.
Chairman of the bench, John Meredith, said: “In the absence of witnesses we are not going to proceed any further. Therefore matters are withdrawn.”
The younger defendant is due to return to court in January to answer unrelated charges of assault and criminal damage.