Can an alleged threat to kill over the phone stand up in a court of law?

15th May 2018

Someone has accused my friend of threatening to kill them in a telephone conversation. My friend says this just didn't happen but he has been arrested and remanded on that basis. Isn't this just a case of their word against his and how can this possibly be proved?

CATEGORY: Criminal

LOCATION: COUNTY DURHAM

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  • Vhs Fletchers

    Unfortunately criminal cases are often one person's word against another although there is usually something to corroborate the case - here it could be a record of the phone call being made or evidence of an existing grudge or other behaviour previously directed at the complainant.

    If your friend denies the call was ever made then the complainant's record of incoming calls will be important, particularly if the complainant claims to identify your friend's phone number or voice?

    So, perhaps it isn't the strongest case, but the prosecution could still proceed.  I'm sure that his legal team are on it.

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