The man accused of rape in Freeman Street will walk free.


The man accused of Freeman Street rape will walk free.

Florin Butnaru a Romanian car wash worker was accused of raping a woman in a derelict building in Freeman Street after threatening her with a knife. He will go free because the woman says she cannot face the ordeal of a retrial.

He had denied two offences of rape and another charge involving a knife on April 14th. The jury in the trial was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two offences of rape. After eight hours of deliberations over two days, it was left deadlocked.

The jury cleared Butnaru of a third charge of threatening a woman with an offensive weapon. It is believed that when asked if the jury was given more time at least 10 of you could agree on a verdict the foreman said no. The jury was discharged at Grimsby Crown Court and then the prosecution had to decide whether to seek a retrial. But the woman is thought to be adamant that she does not want to go through another trial. Florin Butnaru will be released from custody.



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