UK: FRAUD TRIAL COLLAPSES AS ‘EXPERT’ WITNESS USED IN AT LEAST 20 OTHER CASES FOUND TO BE UNQUALIFIED

The Evening Standard and others reported on 29th May that Andrew Ager, who has been used in a string of court cases, was found to have no academic qualifications and could not remember if he had passed his A-levels, defence lawyers said.  It is reported that he also admitted he had never read a book on carbon credits, although he had once watched a documentary about such permits.  This occurred in case involving alleged carbon credits fraud, which saw 8 men acquitted.  A law firm is quoted saying that the safety of the convictions in every previous carbon credits prosecution is now in question.  The defence team also said that the CPS and the police did not disclose the fact that another expert witness, Peter Buckie, had faced misconduct allegations in 2013.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/carbon-credit-fraud-trial-collapses-as-expert-witness-found-to-be-unqualified-a4154481.html

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/may/29/trial-abandoned-because-expert-witness-had-no-expertise

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/29/35million-diamond-scam-case-collapses-cps-star-witness-discredited/

 

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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