'I wouldn't have grassed him up': Ex-BBC producer cleared in Savile sex abuse probe criticises 'over-zealous' police but admits he knew DJ spent night with girl as young as TEN
Wilfred De'ath was arrested for sexual assault of actress on November 11The Crown Prosecution Service dropped case against him yesterday
Complainant withdrew statement as she was the only one giving evidence
De'ath had confronted Savile over night DJ spent with child in hotel 'I said “I think you are living
dangerously”. He just brushed me off,' he said‘I was physically frightened of Savile. He was a boxer and a wrestler'
/12/10/article-2245754-160CE714000005DC-637_306x423.jpg” width=”306″ height=”423″ alt=”Dave Lee Travis (left) was arrested at his Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire home in November. Gary Glitter (right) was also arrested and bailed” class=”blkBorder” />
Dave Lee Travis (left) was arrested at his
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire home in November. Gary Glitter (right)
was arrested and bailed in October
He accused the
authorities of a ‘perversion of justice’ after he was kept on bail for
more than three months over a sex assault allegation dating back almost
half a century.
arrested by seven officers at 7am at his flat on Remembrance Sunday last
year as he prepared to go to church, after being accused of assaulting a teenage girl in the 1960s.
'They failed miserably, you have to
admit that, they failed lamentably in the case of Jimmy Savile. They
failed to get him when they could have got him.
'It seems to me they are kind of over, I think you know what I am trying
to say, they have gone too far the other way now and they are arresting
people on rather spurious allegations'.
Arrest: Wilfred De'Ath at home in Cambridgeshire, which was raided by seven officers last year
Mr De'ath said he understood the police had been 'only doing their job' but he believed they were 'over zealous'.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Saunders said that the case could not be pursued without the witnesses statement as there was not enough evidence
'My general comment would be that Operation Yewtree has gone too far,” he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
'As Jim Davidson says it is getting silly now. It really is getting silly.'
He also questioned why it was
necessary for a team of officers to arrest him over such historic claims
and accused Scotland Yard of allowing ‘political correctness’ to
‘outweigh common sense’.
A friend of his compared the behaviour
of investigators to that of the secret police in Communist East Germany
and the Soviet Union.
The friend added: ‘At a time when
known drug-dealers, murderers and other real criminals escape
prosecution because of a lack of certainty of conviction, it has to be
asked why this sorry affair ever took place.
'Did the Yewtree team really
believe they could and should make a prosecution stick concerning an
alleged incident from nearly half a century ago to which there were no
Alison Saunders, of the Crown
Prosecution Service, said the woman voluntarily withdrew her statement:
‘She said that as she would be the only complainant to give evidence if
the matter went to trial, she did not want to pursue it.
‘She confirmed she came to this conclusion of her own free will.’
Others who have been arrested as part
of Yewtree are DJ Dave Lee Travis, paedophile Gary Glitter, celebrity PR
Max Clifford and comedian Jim Davidson.
In January Esther Rantzen, the founder
of Childline, criticised the inquiry, saying police were targeting the
wrong people and creating confusion among victims.