Sussex University occupation case against Can Aniker dismissed

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The case against a student charged with causing criminal damage during an eight-week occupation at the University of Sussex has been dismissed.

Can Aniker, 22, had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to causing criminal damage at the Brighton campus on 25 March.

The case was dismissed by Brighton magistrates after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Three other students are due to stand trial at the same court on 12 December.

Kristina Ilieva, 23, Sarah Beccer, 24, and Caradog Jones, 19, denied obstructing police at an earlier hearing.

The protest began on 7 February when a number of students occupied Bramber House on the campus at Falmer, in protest at the university's decision to pass some of its support services, including catering, to external companies.

University authorities initially allowed the occupation until a large protest on 25 March was attended by hundreds of students from around the UK.

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