Massey v United Kingdom: ECHR 16 Nov 2004

The claimant had been accused of indecent assault. The criminal proceedings continued for just under five years.
Held: The case was not particularly complex, and the consequences for the claimant were severe. There was no complex forensic evidence, and the issues were in substance as to the credibility of three witnesses some many years after the event. On balance a great part of the delay arose from the prosecution authorities. The delay could only have aggravated difficulties in the evidence. The delay did infringe the applicant’s human rights, and damages of 4,000 euros were awarded to him.


Times 24-Nov-2004, 14399/02, [2004] ECHR 632


Worldlii, Bailii


European Convention on Human Rights 6.1


See alsoMassey v United Kingdom ECHR 8-Apr-2003
The applicant complained that there was no ‘assessment or review’ of the necessity for his sex offender registration. . .
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