Wife declines to give evidence in domestic abuse case

A man charged with indecently assaulting his wife was acquitted in the Grand Court Friday after the woman told prosecutors she did not wish to give evidence.

The husband was charged with one count of indecent assault, as well as common assault. He pleaded not guilty to each charge.

Crown Prosecutor Toyin Salako told the court that the wife did not wish to proceed against her husband.

“The complainant and the defendant are back together; she does not wish to give evidence in the matter,” said Salako. “The Crown therefore offers no evidence against the defendant.”

Justice Roger Chapple entered formal not guilty verdicts against the man and dismissed the matter.