Woodingdean rape suspect will not be tried

Posted On 19 May 2011 at 1:44 pm

The Brighton man charged with raping a woman from Woodingdean has been told that he will not be prosecuted.

Stephen Edwards was charged with rape after 46-year-old Pauline Jenkins was found dead at her home in Rosebery Avenue in February.

Edwards, 46, of Merevale in Hollingdean, has been charged with two separate counts of rape in the 1990s.

In the past few hours Edwards, who is being held on remand, was told that he no longer faces a charge of raping the mother of three, who died from alcohol poisoning.

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Tim Thompson, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Brighton Trials Unit, said: “The case has been stopped on this particular charge at this stage but the police investigation will be continuing.

“We will continue to work closely with them.”

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