UK: Homeless man's robbery charges dropped for insufficient

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 14:53:56 -0400


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FWD  BBC  Friday, November 20, 1998
          UK Politics:


DAVIES ROBBERY CASE DROPPED
Ron Davies: Insufficient evidence in case, police say


Police have dropped charges against the man accused of robbing former Welsh
Secretary Ron Davies.

The latest twist in the Davies saga means the full details of the incident
on Clapham Common may never be disclosed.

Mr Davies quit his cabinet post last month and resigned as Labour candidate
for the leadership of the Welsh Assembly after confessing an "error of
judgement" in the south London park.

He said he agreed to go for a meal with a stranger he met on the common,
but was later robbed at knifepoint.

His statement sparked feverish tabloid speculation but Mr Davies has
repeatedly denied sex or drugs were involved.

He has received thousands of letters of encouragement since his
resignation, including one from Virgin boss Richard Branson.

'Little prospect of conviction'

The Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday that there was "insufficient
evidence" for a realistic prospect of conviction in the case.

Police arrested six people in relation to the alleged robbery, but released
all but one after questioning.

Homeless Donald Fearon, 38, appeared in court on 1 November charged with
the robbery.

He was remanded in custody by Camberwell Green magistrates without making
an application for bail.

The prosecution alleged that Mr Davies had been robbed of his wallet, his
Labour Party card and conference pass, his mobile phone and his Ford
Granada car in Dray Gardens, Brixton.

'I committed no crime'

In a statement issued by his former special adviser, Mr Davies reiterated
that he had committed no crime.

He said: "My lapse of judgment was to allow myself to be placed in a
position of grave personal danger and become the innocent victim of an
horrific crime perpetrated by a cunning and plausible individual."

Mr Davies said: "I accept the decision of the CPS not to proceed with the
charge which is clearly an exercise of legal judgment on their part."

Legal Affairs correspondent Joshua Rozenberg says the indications are that
charges will eventually be dropped against the five others arrested in
connection with the case.

If there is to be no court case then the mystery of the Ron Davies "scandal
that wasn't" will never be unravelled.

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FWD  BBC  Friday, November 20, 1998  

          UK Politics:



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Ron Davies: Insufficient evidence in case, police say 

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Police have dropped charges against the man accused of robbing former
Welsh Secretary Ron Davies. 


The latest twist in the Davies saga means the full details of the
incident on Clapham Common may never be disclosed. 


Mr Davies quit his cabinet post last month and resigned as Labour
candidate for the leadership of the Welsh Assembly after confessing an
"error of judgement" in the south London park. 


He said he agreed to go for a meal with a stranger he met on the
common, but was later robbed at knifepoint. 


His statement sparked feverish tabloid speculation but Mr Davies has
repeatedly denied sex or drugs were involved. 


He has received thousands of letters of encouragement since his
resignation, including one from Virgin boss Richard Branson. 


'Little prospect of conviction'


The Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday that there was
"insufficient evidence" for a realistic prospect of conviction in the
case. 


Police arrested six people in relation to the alleged robbery, but
released all but one after questioning. 


Homeless Donald Fearon, 38, appeared in court on 1 November charged
with the robbery. 


He was remanded in custody by Camberwell Green magistrates without
making an application for bail. 


The prosecution alleged that Mr Davies had been robbed of his wallet,
his Labour Party card and conference pass, his mobile phone and his
Ford Granada car in Dray Gardens, Brixton. 


'I committed no crime'


In a statement issued by his former special adviser, Mr Davies
reiterated that he had committed no crime. 


He said: "My lapse of judgment was to allow myself to be placed in a
position of grave personal danger and become the innocent victim of an
horrific crime perpetrated by a cunning and plausible individual." 


Mr Davies said: "I accept the decision of the CPS not to proceed with
the charge which is clearly an exercise of legal judgment on their
part." 


Legal Affairs correspondent Joshua Rozenberg says the indications are
that charges will eventually be dropped against the five others
arrested in connection with the case. 


If there is to be no court case then the mystery of the Ron Davies
"scandal that wasn't" will never be unravelled.


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