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Holloway case shines a spotlight on court delays

PUBLISHED: 13:23 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:23 17 January 2018

The woman was a victim of a sex crime in 2015 but the accused still has not been jailed for the crime. Delays with hearings at Norwich Crown Court means the family are still waiting for justice. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The woman was a victim of a sex crime in 2015 but the accused still has not been jailed for the crime. Delays with hearings at Norwich Crown Court means the family are still waiting for justice. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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How was Anthony Holloway able to get his trial stopped by lying to a court?

Why has it taken more than two years since he was arrested by police for him to be sentenced?

In this case a defendant has taken advantage of our patient courts to constantly delay being brought to justice.

Holloway was arrested and charged with raping a woman with dementia in December 2015. Delay after delay with the courts meant he was not put on trial until September 2017.

During the trial he told the court his uncle had died. The court believed him and the trial was abandoned for a later date.

Yesterday was the second court hearing where he was meant to be sentenced but he found a way to delay that, by indicating he wished to reverse his guilty pleas.

There comes a point where the courts must have as much consideration for the victim as the offender.

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