CPS drops Edgbaston store burglary case depite DNA evidence

Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House at Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston. Photo: lokiwine.co.uk

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to drop a burglary case at a popular Birmingham wine shop, despite DNA evidence linking a suspect to all three separate burglaries that occurred in January this year.

The local police has been able to identify the man suspected of carrying out the break-ins thanks to DNA and blood found at the scene of the crime.

However, Phil Innes, the owner of Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House based in Greenfield Crescent in Edgbaston, received a letter from the CPS last month stating that they have dropped the case citing ‘insufficient evidence’.

Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill termed the decision as odd and said it will be a blow to victims and police force.

“It seems odd to drop the case with both DNA and blood matching the culprit being left behind and is a blow not only to the victims of this crime in my constituency but also the local police force who worked hard for six months to finally catch this person,” she wrote in a letter to Grace Ononiwu, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands Region.

Asking the agency to explain the reasons behind the decision, Gill demanded increased effort from the CPS to prosecute criminals.

“I feel that the CPS need to make their biggest effort to prosecute criminals, and if they are not doing this they need to be held accountable for it. Our police are stretched enough as it is in the West Midlands and people committing crimes must be punished appropriately for it otherwise we are sending out a terrible message to society,” she said.