Solar Centre case mistakes

The Solar Centre at Tickhill Road Hospital. Picture: Liz Robinson D9431LR
The Solar Centre at Tickhill Road Hospital. Picture: Liz Robinson D9431LR

The family of a disabled patient at the centre of a care home abuse case are furious after being given the wrong verdicts following a trial.

Adrian Milnes thought there was light at the end of the tunnel after being contacted by the Crown Prosecution Service days after the conclusion of the Solar Centre trial to say the charges concerning his step-son Ritchie Rowe had come back with guilty verdicts - rather than not guilty as originally thought.

But just hours after later the CPS said they had made a mistake.

Mr Milnes said: “This was a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and a bit of redemption for Ritchie but then to just take it all away again. Mistakes have been made throughout this case by CPS and they’re still making them now. How much do they think we can take?”

A CPS spokesman said on the day the jury returned verdicts they were fully explained to the families.

The spokesman added: “After the trial, Mr Milnes contacted CPS about the verdicts and was given information which was inaccurate. The error was spotted and corrected and an apology made to Mr Milnes within two hours of the mistake.”