The final episode of BBC Four's eye-opening documentary revealing what it takes to secure convictions within our criminal justice system aired last night (March 9).
Throughout its three-part run, The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment has taken an unwavering look at often harrowing and vicious crimes which lawyers from Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire have successfully brought to justice.
Having already featured a heart-rending death by careless driving case and two brutal domestic murders of Cheshire women, the third instalment placed under the spotlight the historical abuse of boys by serial sex offender Keith Cavendish-Coulson while he was teaching at a private boarding school in Holmes Chapel in the 1970s and 1980s.
Chief crown prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Claire Lindley spoke of the difficulty but importance of prosecuting non-recent sexual offences.
“I think the fact that something happened some years ago does not mean it did not happen and does not mean we should not bother with it,” she said.
“If they give a credible description of what happened to them and they are reliable witnesses, who are we not to prosecute.
“We look at the evidence and if we think there is enough evidence, I think it is very much in the public interest to prosecute sex offenders.”
Mrs Lindley added: “We get criticised in the press sometimes as if we have dredged it up, we have dreamt up cases and we have found witnesses.
“These victims come to the police and they come to us.”
Chronicle readers have taken to social media to share their praise for the series – which has largely highlighted Cheshire cases.
Kay Carr thinks it is ‘very interesting’ while Jo Molyneux described it as a ‘great documentary’.
Karen Jolliffee wrote: “Great series and fascinating insight into what happens behind the scenes!”
The fact that The Prosecutors is the first time the CPS has invited cameras behind the scenes in its 30-year history is testament to the work of programme-makers Gold Star Productions, which has handled challenging subject matter sensitively and made for gripping viewing.
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