A blunder by the CPS means a man who matches the DNA sample found on a woman who was attacked and raped cannot be tried for the crime.
The file has gone missing, containing all the statements, evidence and so on.
However, as an original trial was fixed up in 2000 (which the judge abandoned after ruling the DNA evidence had been unlawfully obtained), it must mean that the man's solicitors will have received advanced disclosure, containing - yes - statements and other vital evidence. All defence teams have to know, by law, what the case is against their client.
Could these solicitors do something right and offer to give their copies back to the prosecution, I wonder?
If not, then in order to give some peace of mind to the woman's family - she was 66 at the time of the attack and has since died - they should take out a civil case against this man and the CPS should pay for it from their budget.