12 MONTHS

It was not necessarily an abuse of process for the prosecution to bring and pursue a charge of indecent assault against a defendant in circumstances where the conduct upon which the charge was based was essentially that of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16, and the 12-month limitation period in respect of the latter offence had elapsed, as everything depended on the facts of the individual case.

[2002] EWCA Crim 2983