A rape case has collapsed after images emerged of the accused and his alleged victim "cuddling" in bed together.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence against Samson Makele at Snaresbrook Crown Court, 17 months after he was arrested.
The photos were discovered on his phone by a defence expert but had not been disclosed by police or prosecutors.
The CPS said it was not a failure of disclosure and it stopped the prosecution once the pictures emerged.
Lawyers for Mr Makele said at least four photos taken on the day of the alleged rape showed the pair together, apparently naked under bedsheets.
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