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Child rape charges against Reading pair dropped

No further action will be taken against a man and a woman from Reading who faced charges in connection with the rape of a child in Oxfordshire.

Hammad Rehman, 37, of Caversham Road, was accused of raping a girl under the age of 13 in Henley-on-Thames in 2011.

A woman, 24, was charged with facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the victim had withdrawn her support for the court proceedings.

'Not appropriate'

The victim is entitled to anonymity under current legislation but the identity of the 24-year-old cannot be released because of restrictions imposed by Oxford Crown Court.

A spokeswoman for Thames and Chiltern CPS said: "The CPS takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.

"When the complainant decided that she could no longer support the court proceedings, the prosecutor re-reviewed the case and decided that it was not in the public interest to proceed.

"The views of a complainant are important when deciding whether a case should proceed or not.

"If necessary, the prosecution can compel a complainant to give evidence in court by obtaining a 'witness summons' from the court."

The CPS decided it would not be appropriate to compel her to give evidence "and therefore took the decision to discontinue proceedings".

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