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Prince Harry to testify in friend's mugging case


December 19, 2011 - London

Prince Harry may have to appear in court as a witness after he reported a mugging incident involving his friend to the police.

The Prince was on the phone with his childhood friend Thomas van Straubenzee when the latter's mobile was snatched in a robbery.

Overhearing the scuffle, Harry immediately drove to the scene, accompanied by his protection officer.

He circled the area but when he could not spot his friend, he visited the local police station where he encountered van Straubenzee reporting the incident.

"I cannot think of a case in recent history where that's happened but there's nothing to prevent that occurring. Royals are not above the law," The Daily Express quoted Christine Blacklaws from Co-operative Legal Services as saying.

"He's a citizen just like the rest of us. The case would only go to trial if the defendant pleaded not guilty, but if they did, he could be called as a witness," she said.

The robbery took place at about 8.30pm on November 30 and a man has been arrested in this connection. He has been released on bail and will appear in court in January.

Clarence House, the residence of Prince Harry, has also come out with a statement in this connection.

"He would do whatever he's asked to do. That's for the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) to decide," a representative said.

"He will do whatever he needs to do on behalf of his friend to bring the alleged criminals to justice," the representative added.

ANI

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