A businessman today criticised police and prosecution failures to hand over CCTV evidence that helped to clear him of sexual assault. Valentin Krzyzyk, 26, was accused of groping a woman’s bottom after buying £6,000 of Dom Perignon champagne at the Cirque Le Soir nightclub in Soho in 2016. The complainant claimed she was “hysterical” following the incident. However, the jury acquitted Mr Krzyzyk at the end of a five-day trial after watching footage of her drinking with friends following the alleged attack. This CCTV evidence was not handed over until the day his trial started in December, 10 months after his arrest. According to the prosecution, the police had said it held no interest. Yesterday Judge Michael Bromley-Martin ordered an inquiry into the “reprehensible” late delivery of the footage. He said: “This seems to me to be a rather serious omission, especially as it turned out the CCTV assisted the defence.” Mr Krzyzyk, an internet entrepreneur, was awarded £4,800 in costs for his defence. He told the Standard that lessons needed to be learned to keep faith in “fair” justice system, adding: “The arrest has been a huge trauma and it took me a very long time to be able… Read full this story
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