Wife assault

THERE had been no need to consult the alleged victim when dropping charges against a Cathay Pacific pilot accused of wounding his wife, said Director of Public Prosecutions John Wood.

The pilot, Ian Wilkinson, faced a maximum penalty of three years' jail, but was bound over after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Mr Wood told legislators police had said Mrs Wilkinson would not agree to his decision. ''What is the point of consulting the victim when we know what the victim's attitude would be?'' he said.