Why so many rape trials are collapsing – and why our rush to convict has almost certainly put innocent people in jail

Police have been told they do not need to investigate rape cases deeply. But there is a better way There is a somewhat distasteful expression that prosecuting barristers occasionally use after a jury has convicted. “I potted him,” they will say to anyone who happens to be listening, usually with a faintly repellent smugness. There…


Shrewsbury woman, 30, admits false accusations of rape

A Shrewsbury woman who falsely accused several men of raping her has pleaded guilty to seven charges at crown court. Anna Costin, 30, faced seven charges of committing a series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice in 2016. The defendant, who is also known as Annelise Costin, of Coldridge Drive,…


Why Does the Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars?

The following is taken from www.thenation.com and is an interview with a prosecutor. And shows that innocent people put behind bars and left to rot is not only a UK problem. This interview gives an interesting insight from the other side.   Mark Godsey was a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” who didn’t think there were any innocent people…


False Allegations in Divorce and Custody Battles

False Allegations in Divorce and Custody Battles: The Personality Types of False Accusers and the Falsely Accused Too many men have become the targets of false allegations. False allegations of domestic violence. False allegations of sexual assault. And false allegations of sexual abuse. False allegations are lies and people who make false allegations are liars.…


MPs to quiz prosecutions chief on collapse of rape cases

Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, says disclosure is fundamental to fair trials  Trials face delay as scandal mounts over disclosure of evidence Every rape and serious sexual assault case in England and Wales is being reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service after the collapse of trials over failures to disclose evidence. Some cases involving…


Police forces and prosecutors failing to carry out ‘basic’ procedure in rape cases. Attorney General says

The failings which have lead to a nationwide review of all live rape and serious sexual assault cases were caused by police forces and prosecutors not carrying out “basic” procedure, the Attorney General has suggested. In a stinging criticism of authorities’ handling a series of failed rape cases, Jeremy Wright QC has said there was…


Two More False Rape Cases

Darryl Gee, John Hudson and an Anonymous Woman There was good news and bad news for Darryl Gee in 2006. The good news was he had been exonerated of the rape for which he was jailed in 2000. The bad news is he was dead. He’d died in prison four years before, after serving two years as…


Urgent review of all rape cases as digital evidence is withheld

Some prosecutions may be dropped as a result of emergency measure, officials admit Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent @owenbowcott Fri 26 Jan 2018 23.46 GMT The Crown Prosecution Service is to review all current rape cases to ensure that evidence which needs to be disclosed has been handed over to defendants. The emergency re-examination is likely to result in some…


Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

24 January 2018 (BBC News) Watch the video HERE Liam Allan talks about what it is like being falsely accused of rape Media captionLiam Allan talks about what it is like being falsely accused of rape The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to…


Rolls-Royce engineer is CLEARED of groping mother

Rolls-Royce engineer is CLEARED of groping mother with a pram who accused him of ‘grabbing her between her legs’ as he jogged past – and took this picture of him to try to prove it A Rolls-Royce senior manager was accused of groping a mother pushing a pram Jeff Tozer, 45, denied a charge of…


Esther Baker ‘Fantasist’ who claimed she was raped by an MP

Abuse probe farce: ‘Fantasist’ who claimed she was raped by an MP she had ‘never met’ is named as a special witness for the child sex inquiry Esther Baker was made a ‘core participant’ in the inquiry into child sex abuse  Core participants are entitled to apply for taxpayer-funded legal representation Decision came just months after…


CPS: ‘Justice system is working’ after rape trials collapse

(C) BBC 18 January 2018   Image copyright (C) CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE No-one is in jail after being wrongly convicted due to failures to disclose evidence, the UK’s top prosecutor has said “as far as she can tell”. Alison Saunders’ comments come after several rape trials collapsed when it emerged that vital evidence had not been shared…


Collapsed rape trials could hamper convictions, says Lord Judge

(C) BBC News 20 January 2018  [Image copyright PA]  Lord Judge said juries “may wonder” about sufficient evidence,even in apparently strong cases The collapse of a series of prominent rape trials could deter juries from convicting in genuine cases, a former lord chief justice has warned. Lord Judge, the most senior judge in England and Wales…


Why it is too easy for innocent people to be wrongly accused of sexual abuse

At the end of February last year special BBC Crimewatch Programme with a helpline invited callers to report non-recent sexual offence, and on the same day (February 27) the first public hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was held. These are the latest, well-publicised, events in two to three decades of publicity about…


What to do about the epidemic of historical sex abuse cases?

‘I am currently serving a 12 year sentence, six years in custody and six on licence. I have served 18 months in prison so far. I was convicted at X Crown Court on x 2015 for something I didn’t do. The convictions against me are historical sex abuse and rape dating back over 25 years.…


CPS failings: Paedophile trial collapses over lurid claims of ‘serial fantasist’

David Brown, Chief News Correspondent January 19 2018, 12:01am, The Times Stephen Glascoe, a retired GP who was among the alleged abusers, called for a national inquiry Charges against five men accused of being in a paedophile ring have been dropped two weeks before their trial after prosecutors admitted having concerns about the alleged victim’s evidence. During controversial…


Samson Makele trial: Third London rape case collapses after police fail to find key evidence

A third London rape case in just over a month has collapsed after police failed to find key evidence. The case against Samson Makele was halted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday after his defence team unearthed key images from his mobile phone which had not previously been made available, law firm Hodge Jones and Allen said. The 28-year-old was accused…


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