Lauren Goodger drops assault claims against ex Charles Drury on day of daughter's funeral
13.02.2024 - 00:25
Lauren Goodger has dropped assault charges against her ex-boyfriend Charles Drury after she chose to withdraw her support from the case. Charles, 26, was accused of assaulting TOWIE favourite Lauren, 37, on the day of their second daughter Lorena's funeral in 2022.
He had also been facing charges of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend, with whom he co-parents daughter Larose, two. Charles, who had previously denied both charges, appeared in court on 12 February.
Snaresbrook Crown Court was told Lauren had decided to withdraw her support for the case, prompting a not guilty verdict to be recorded for both charges, the Mirror reports. Robin Griffiths, prosecuting, told the court that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was offering no evidence in relation to the charges, and invited Recorder James Lofthouse to direct non guilty verdicts.
Mr Recorder Lofthouse said: “A letter dated February 6 from the CPS [says] the complainant in this case [Ms Goodger] has withdrawn her support. In that case, the Crown does not have sufficient evidence to proceed.
That being the case, it’s the Crown who bring cases… I will direct a not guilty verdict to be given on both counts on the indictment.” Mr Recorder Lofthouse added that Mr Drury could also apply for any trial expenses he incurred, including travel to and from court.
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