Police evidence ‘flawed’ in Sheffield case

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A TEENAGER who was jailed after jurors found him guilty of taking part in a pub brawl has been cleared by top judges who said he should never have been prosecuted.

Jamie Lee Deakin, aged 19, of Fernbank Close, Worsbrough, Barnsley, was locked up for 12 months at Sheffield Crown Court after being convicted of affray.

He was exonerated by judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, after they heard the only case against him was ‘flawed’ identification evidence given by a police officer.

The brawl happened in the Acorn pub on May 14 last year, after staff asked customers to leave at 1am.

The court heard the pub was owned by Mr Deakin’s aunt and uncle and he admitted being there earlier that evening but was not involved in the fight.

Two witnesses said he had been drinking in the pub but left before violence erupted.

He was prosecuted after a police officer, who knew him, claimed he could identify him on CCTV footage as being involved in the fighting.

Mr Deakin’s lawyers said his conviction was ‘unsafe’ and his trial ‘unfair’, because the officer’s evidence was not taken in accordance with police rules and should not have gone before the jury.

Lord Justice Davis said: “The case should simply not have been allowed to proceed.”