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Mark Pearson

Attorney General written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 February (HL5998) regarding the case of Mark Pearson, who in the Crown Prosecution Service made the decision to present to the court a video that was run at half the normal speed.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland

In the case concerned there was no video evidence. The police created a disc containing a series of still images with gaps of around a second in time. The timing of each image was clearly shown. The disc was served on the defence but was not played in court by the prosecution. The defence adduced their own disc as part of their case. The prosecution did not rely on the still images because at the trial the identification of the defendant was not in issue.

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