Prosecutors in dock as CCTV clears financier Valentin Krzyzyk of Soho sex assault

David Brown

Valentin Krzyzyk was cleared after Narita Bahra, left, watched CCTV footage from the Cirque Le Soir nightclubCENTRAL NEWS

A judge criticised prosecutors yesterday for failing to hand over crucial CCTV evidence that helped to clear a wealthy financier of groping a woman in a nightclub. Valentin Krzyzyk, 26, was accused of grabbing the woman's bottom after buying GBP6,000 worth of Dom Perignon champagne at Cirque Le Soir in Soho, central London, in December 2016. His defence lawyers repeatedly requested copies of security camera footage from inside the nightclub but it was not handed over until the first day of Mr Krzyzyk's trial for sexual assault at Southwark crown court.

The prosecution admitted that they had not watched the video but said they had been assured by police that it contained nothing of interest to the defence.

Narita Bahra, Mr Krzyzyk's defence barrister, watched...

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