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Mike Hancock MP’s alleged victim can see full report, court decides

STAYING ON Councillor Mike Hancock will keep his cabinet position

STAYING ON Councillor Mike Hancock will keep his cabinet position

 

THE alleged victim of Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has won a court battle to see a full copy of a report about her accusations.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has won a bid to force Portsmouth City Council to make available a full version of a QC’s report about her accusations at a forthcoming civil court action.

The authority had opposed the application for full disclosure of the report. A censored version of it - which was leaked on the internet - has already been available for her to see.

Master Leslie, a High Court official, ruled disclosure was necessary so that the woman could feel she had ‘a fair hearing and a fair crack of the whip’.

The report was written by Nigel Pascoe QC, who was asked by the city council to investigate the allegations for code of conduct proceedings.

The woman, a female constituent and a young mother, says Mr Hancock made ‘unwelcome sexual approaches’.

The leaked, redacted version of the report describes the account she gave as ‘credible’.

Mr Hancock denies the allegations.

Mr Pascoe says in the leaked report, which refers to the woman as Annie - not her real name: ‘Making full allowances for the disclosed mental history of (Annie), I have no doubt that she has provided before me compelling prima facie evidence of serious and unwelcome sexual behaviour towards her by Mr Hancock.’

 

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