MP calls for protection for vulnerable witnesses
11:40am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
VULNERABLE witnesses in sexual exploitation cases should be allowed to give evidence in new specialist courts, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood says.
Conservative Ms Blackwood and Stockport Labour MP Ann Coffey have tabled two amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill.
They are calling for new specialist courts for very vulnerable witnesses, modelled on specialist domestic violence courts.
Ms Blackwood said: “While evidence has to be properly tested in court, I have seen first-hand the agony of a fragile young witness doing her best keep it together enough to describe, to a roomful of men in wigs, the violent sexual abuse she was subjected to for most of her childhood.
“It doesn’t have to be like that.”