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Alleged victim refused to give evidence

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

A man facing a Crown Court trial over allegations of serious sexual offences against young girls in Street has walked free after the case was dropped before a jury was sworn in.

Muhammod Kamal Uddin, aged 40, of no fixed address, faced two charges of sexual assault by penetration and two of assault by touching involving girls aged under 13 between September 1 and December 31 2010.

He did not enter any plea when he appeared before South Somerset magistrates earlier this year, and he was committed in custody to stand trial this week at Taunton Crown Court.

A Bengali interpreter was sworn-in on his behalf on Tuesday and Recorder Peter Towler heard legal argument from prosecution and defence barristers before it was announced that an alleged victim was refusing to give evidence and the trial was subsequently abandoned.

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