Sunday, January 21, 2007

More Obstruction at the CPS

Dear CPS,

I am writing to you to enquire about your inaction in the case of Aristos Constantinou, who was murdered on Jan 1, 1985, in London. This crime, as I am sure you are aware, remains unsolved.

The prime suspect in the case appears to be Mr. Constantinou's widow Eleni, now remarried and living in Cyprus. I am given to understand that the Metropolitan Police named her as their prime suspect as far back as 1997, but no prosecution against her was pursued.

A letter from Assistant Commissioner Anderson Dunn in 1999, made public for the first time this week, said the report led to new evidence, which "pointed directly at Elena (sic) Constantinou as being implicated in the murder of her husband". I understand that British police have expressed the view that DNA techniques which have become standard practice since 1985 might help solve the crime.

However, the CPS consistently refuses to pursue the case.

For the last five years the victim's brother, Achilleas Constantinou, has dedicated his life to pursuing justice for Mr. Constantinou. He asked you why you would not pursue a case against the prime suspect, and apparently he received a letter from you last month saying the reason would not be revealed because it is "privileged material". I understand he has become so disillusioned with the CPS that he is calling for it to be disbanded. That is hardly a positive result, is it?

References:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23380430-details/Brother+accuses+wife+of+'silver+bullets'+murder+-+22+years+later/article.do

http://www.hri.org/news/cyprus/cmnews/2002/02-01-17.cmnews.html#02

http://hereticalsex.blogspot.com/2007/01/husband-killer-enjoys-sun-in-cyprus.html

You consistently disregard the expert opinion of the police in this case, and you refuse to explain your actions. If you do not wish members of the press and public to speculate about your competence and integrity, then you would do well at least to explain your reasoning. The British people expect their judicial processes to be transparent and accountable.

Regards,

Heretic




Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email, of which contents have been noted.

It may assist if, at the outset, I explain that the cases are dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service on an Area basis and are logged under defendants’ names. Therefore, in order for us to identify the case to which you refer, I would be grateful if you could provide as many of the following details as possible:

The defendant(s) name(s);

The Crown Prosecution Service office dealing with the case (if known);

The place(s) where the offence(s) occurred;

The police force investigating the allegations;

The date(s) of the offence(s);

In your email you say that Mr Achilleas Constantinou has received correspondence from the CPS, If you could provide us with the name of the person and from which office the letter was sent this would enable us to look into the case further.

I hope this assists.

Yours faithfully

E Mehmet

Correspondence Unit

Crown Prosecution Service




Dear Mr Mehmet,

Thank you for your response. I cannot but feel that this is obstructive, as I have no doubt that you are aware of the case to which I refer, or could easily identify it if you so chose. There was a rash of publicity surrounding it at the time of my initial correspondence to you, and the newspaper references I provided contain adequate information for you to identify it.

However, to respond to each of your questions in turn:

The defendant(s) name(s);

There is technically no defendant, as you have elected not to pursue any case against the prime suspect. There is, however, a victim.

The Crown Prosecution Service office dealing with the case (if known);

Not known

The place(s) where the offence(s) occurred;

Bishop's Avenue, Hampstead, London

The police force investigating the allegations;

Metropolitan

The date(s) of the offence(s);

1st January, 1985

There can't have been many fatal shootings on that street on that day. I'm sure you can find it if you try hard.

As for the correspondence between yourselves and Mr Achilleas Constantinou , I can only suggest that he would be the one best placed to answer your queries.

Regards,

Heretic



Dear Sir,

Thank you for the further information which has enabled me to identify the case to which you refer.

As you are aware the Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for reviewing and where appropriate prosecuting most criminal cases in England and Wales following an investigation by the police. Each case which the police send to the Crown Prosecution Service is reviewed by a Crown Prosecutor to make sure that it meets the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors which is issued under section 10 of the Prosecution of Offenders Act 1985.

In relation to this case the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution in this matter and that without compelling (and credible) new evidence the position remains unchanged so far as sufficiency of evidence is concerned.

I am sorry that I can not assist you further. Further correspondence from you on this issue will be filed without response.


Correspondence Unit

Crown Prosecution Service

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elena stated that she recognized the voice of a Mr. Tooley behind the mask of one of the intruders.There was minimal,but some evidence at the time to corroborate this. One of Mr. Tolley's sons was having an affair with the married Elena. Their alibis were covered by each other. There was a safe full of money missing,Aristos had a handful of hair, that later turned out to be his own, Elenas fingerprints were found on the outside drain pipe which was supposedly used to climb down after she was punched and put in the bathroom. If they have DNA evidence I think they would be all over this.There was obviosly smeone other than Elena there to shoot aristos because of signs of obvious struggle.The police were thorough in eliminating alot of suspects,and without a confession or a leak by one of the perps this case will forever flounder.

Anonymous said...

I was at the cemetry today, and this is the first time, and by 'Googling' his name and reading about what went on back then am horrified at learning that no one has faced any justice for his violent murder. Elena is living in Cyprus and has stated she won't ever come back to the UK to answer questions..My sincere condolencies goes out to the brother of the victim, and I just hope one day soon all the perpetrators of that wicked act will get their comuppance.