A Leamington woman who had spent several weeks on remand in prison has been freed after DNA tests proved she was not the person who carried out a street robbery.
Nadia Greger had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to robbing a man of his bag and contents during an incident on March 30.
Greger, 33, of Grosvenor Road, Leamington, but who had been remanded in custody awaiting trial since early April, had also denied a separate charge of burglary.
And at a pre-trial hearing the court was told that the prosecution would be offering no evidence against her on either charge.
Prosecutor Scott Coughtrie explained: “In relation to the robbery there was a report from the complainant that he had been bitten on the neck by the attacker.
“That was swabbed for DNA – and the DNA is not that of Miss Gregor.”
The burglary had taken place at a flat in Station House, Old Warwick Road, Leamington, in January.
There was CCTV from the block, from which a police officer was said to have identified the suspected intruder as Gregor.
But Mr Coughtrie pointed out the purported identification had taken place in a manner which breached the requirements set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and was therefore inadmissible as evidence.
So Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC recorded not guilty verdicts on both charges.
He told Gregor, who was appearing via a video link from prison, that she would be freed immediately.