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Father tells of ordeal after woman falsely accused him of Brighton rape

The Argus: Sharlene James, 26, of Parham Close, Brighton, was jailed for two years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice Sharlene James, 26, of Parham Close, Brighton, was jailed for two years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

A woman who falsely accused an innocent man of dragging her into gardens and raping her has been jailed for two years.

The innocent man Sharlene James alleged attacked her was arrested on suspicion of rape.

He was held at a police station in Sussex for more than 14 hours where he was stripped naked and subjected to intimate medical examinations and gruelling questions.

As police on the ground cordoned off a huge area of Kemp Town, Brighton, he wept as officers asked him why he raped the woman.

At the same time James had claimed she was raped, police were already investigating a series of similar attacks in the Kemp Town area.

Police yesterday said her lies prompted fears a “serial attacker was at large”.

But the couple only shared a taxi and did not kiss - let alone have sex.

Yesterday  - more than two years after the original 'rape' was alleged - James, now 26, of Parham Close, Brighton, was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

She had claimed at Lewes Crown Court yesterday she had suffered temporary amnesia and forgot what had happened during the early hours of November 9, 2011, when she claimed she was dragged into a bush in New Steine Gardens by a man she had just met and subjected to a violent attack.

She named the man as her attacker, despite the pair - who had only met briefly - sharing a short taxi ride and engaging only in brief conversation.

The man, who has children, said he had been at a nightclub in Brighton with friends on the night of Tuesday, November 8, 2011, when he bumped into James who he had never met before.

They got chatting and he, her friend and his friend shared a taxi to Kemp Town. They passed the gardens where she alleged the rape occurred, but nothing happened.

Recounting the story exclusively to The Argus yesterday, he said: “I just thought it was a normal night, nothing untoward.

“We were just chatting and having a laugh.

“We did not have sex, or kiss, nothing happened.”

Two days later the man, now 29 and living in Brighton, was out when his girlfriend's father called him and said the police wanted to talk to him.

He said: “My father-in-law, that is what I call him, said, 'the police have been looking for you'.

“I laughed it off at first. I could not think why they wanted me.

“They had asked for me by my first name, but that was all.

“I thought that was weird. I phoned up the police and they said they needed to speak to me urgently.

“They said, 'It's a case of rape'.

“I felt cold all over. I knew I needed a solicitor.

“I went in and they arrested me on suspicion of rape.

“I was so scared. I was thinking, 'I haven't done anything'.

“I was stripped naked and they did medicals on me. They did swabs on me.

“The questioning was gruelling and intense.

“It felt unreal. I was so upset and angry.

“I was in the station for 14-and-a-half hours and then my girlfriend told me I couldn't go home.

“My girlfriend initially believed it. She didn't think another woman would make it up.”

He said since then his girlfriend had come to terms with the fact he was not lying. But he has not told her about the ongoing case to prosecute James for her false claim.

He added: “I kept it from my loved ones - I did not want them to have to live through it again.

“Sharlene's story was ludicrous - she said she had amnesia.

“But she tried to wreck my life.

“I would not wish it on my worst enemy.”

He explained the case against him was dropped within a week after CCTV evidence proved he was not in the area at the time of the alleged attack.

“But it has still had an impact,” he said. “The mental impact has been ridiculous.

“If I had been found guilty I would have been looking at ten years.

“She has got two. It is good that she is jailed but it should have been for longer. It should have at least been four.

“Women are raped and they are raped violently. Lying about it makes a mockery of genuine rape victims.”

He said the false allegation has also cost him about £800 in lost work and staying in hotels while the case was being investigated.

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes said: “Police were already investigating a number of incidents in the Kemp Town area when this allegation was made.

“As in all cases we took this report very seriously and were quick to respond.

“On launching an extensive investigation we quickly concluded that this offence did not take place and aside from raising unnecessary anxiety and alarm, many hours were wasted that could have been put to better use investigating genuine reports of crime.

“I would like to stress that this will not affect in any way our response to reports of sexual offences and I would urge anyone who is a victim to contact us, even if the incident happened a while ago.

“We will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially.

“Call us on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”

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6:08am Fri 21 Feb 14

Farouche says...

What a terrible story for this poor innocent man. What an evil woman.
What a terrible story for this poor innocent man. What an evil woman. Farouche
  • Score: 78

7:29am Fri 21 Feb 14

rogerthefish says...

Only 2 years and he was facing 10-justice is wrong.
Only 2 years and he was facing 10-justice is wrong. rogerthefish
  • Score: 70

8:16am Fri 21 Feb 14

hoveguyactually says...

She should be made to pay compensation to the real victim of the case, even if it takes her years to pay it off. And a two year sentence is a ridiculously short sentence for the serious damage she has caused to the man's life. I wonder how many other innocent men have been wrongly accused and convicted. And why was the man treated so appallingly by the police? Surely they should also be brought to account.
She should be made to pay compensation to the real victim of the case, even if it takes her years to pay it off. And a two year sentence is a ridiculously short sentence for the serious damage she has caused to the man's life. I wonder how many other innocent men have been wrongly accused and convicted. And why was the man treated so appallingly by the police? Surely they should also be brought to account. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 54

8:33am Fri 21 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Quote, “I was stripped naked and they did medicals on me. They did swaps on me." I would like to know what parts they did swaps on. Or did they mean swabs? Typical sloppy Argus reporting.
Quote, “I was stripped naked and they did medicals on me. They did swaps on me." I would like to know what parts they did swaps on. Or did they mean swabs? Typical sloppy Argus reporting. Martin999
  • Score: -15

9:00am Fri 21 Feb 14

spa301 says...

Vile woman. These kind of cases must do immeasurable harm to genuine rape victims.
Vile woman. These kind of cases must do immeasurable harm to genuine rape victims. spa301
  • Score: 55

9:12am Fri 21 Feb 14

Alan G Skinner says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
She should be made to pay compensation to the real victim of the case, even if it takes her years to pay it off. And a two year sentence is a ridiculously short sentence for the serious damage she has caused to the man's life. I wonder how many other innocent men have been wrongly accused and convicted. And why was the man treated so appallingly by the police? Surely they should also be brought to account.
Agree, a pathetic sentence, one can only hope that the Police apologised. Yes they were only doing their job, a very difficult job but when you put a person through what they had to, even to establish he was the victim, like anyone who makes a mistake you should apologise. As for compensation goes, I am a firm believer in the American system. The damage caused to his reputation, the harm caused to his family, loss of earnings, and punitive damages, in my opinion he should be awarded hundreds of thousands.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: She should be made to pay compensation to the real victim of the case, even if it takes her years to pay it off. And a two year sentence is a ridiculously short sentence for the serious damage she has caused to the man's life. I wonder how many other innocent men have been wrongly accused and convicted. And why was the man treated so appallingly by the police? Surely they should also be brought to account.[/p][/quote]Agree, a pathetic sentence, one can only hope that the Police apologised. Yes they were only doing their job, a very difficult job but when you put a person through what they had to, even to establish he was the victim, like anyone who makes a mistake you should apologise. As for compensation goes, I am a firm believer in the American system. The damage caused to his reputation, the harm caused to his family, loss of earnings, and punitive damages, in my opinion he should be awarded hundreds of thousands. Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 31

9:21am Fri 21 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 15

10:00am Fri 21 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

Loser and lost !!!
Loser and lost !!! Brighton Living
  • Score: 1

10:08am Fri 21 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

This woman is a disgrace!

In her false accusation she has not only wrought havoc with the suspects life, wasted valuable police resources and potentially perverted the course of investigation into similar incidents in the area. She demeaned the impact rape has on all real victims of rape.
This woman is a disgrace! In her false accusation she has not only wrought havoc with the suspects life, wasted valuable police resources and potentially perverted the course of investigation into similar incidents in the area. She demeaned the impact rape has on all real victims of rape. mimseycal
  • Score: 32

10:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

Old Ale Man says...

He has a good case for claiming compensation, he must speak to a solicitor.
He has a good case for claiming compensation, he must speak to a solicitor. Old Ale Man
  • Score: 21

10:31am Fri 21 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

People should not be named until found guilty,we have seen several cases on TV where its trial by media.The media must have been very disappointed when several have be found NOT guilty but the media and police have already done the damage by then as the pressure people go through must be tremendous and unfortunately mud sticks.If someone is found guilty then yes they should face the full force of the law and media.
People should not be named until found guilty,we have seen several cases on TV where its trial by media.The media must have been very disappointed when several have be found NOT guilty but the media and police have already done the damage by then as the pressure people go through must be tremendous and unfortunately mud sticks.If someone is found guilty then yes they should face the full force of the law and media. clubrob6
  • Score: 25

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
This case highlights why someone should NOT be named until found guilty,as at present its trial by media and police just assume the person is guilty.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.[/p][/quote]This case highlights why someone should NOT be named until found guilty,as at present its trial by media and police just assume the person is guilty. clubrob6
  • Score: 25

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

this one has been found out lying.......there ARE many innocent men sitting in our jails serving sentences of rape....when they are innocent, but because they have been convicted in a court of law.....they are guilty....so wrong.
I personally knew two men, seperate incidents, who were subject to false accusations of rape......sentenced to life imprisonment, could not attend any courses in prison to address their offending behaviour because...they did not have one, they both spent many, many, many years in prison before justice was done.......both were released at the court of appeal.
Anthony Steel (R.I.P. ) and Roy Burnett are their names....google them.
this one has been found out lying.......there ARE many innocent men sitting in our jails serving sentences of rape....when they are innocent, but because they have been convicted in a court of law.....they are guilty....so wrong. I personally knew two men, seperate incidents, who were subject to false accusations of rape......sentenced to life imprisonment, could not attend any courses in prison to address their offending behaviour because...they did not have one, they both spent many, many, many years in prison before justice was done.......both were released at the court of appeal. Anthony Steel (R.I.P. ) and Roy Burnett are their names....google them. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 12

10:43am Fri 21 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Only 2 years and he was facing 10-justice is wrong.
only 2 years..........serve
s one in custody.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Only 2 years and he was facing 10-justice is wrong.[/p][/quote]only 2 years..........serve s one in custody. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 9

10:48am Fri 21 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.[/p][/quote]Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone. emma_barnes
  • Score: 12

10:50am Fri 21 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

Thank goodness for CCTV. (start next rant)
Thank goodness for CCTV. (start next rant) emma_barnes
  • Score: 7

11:23am Fri 21 Feb 14

hubby says...

To have done this she must surely have mental health problems.I hope she gets the right treatment.
To have done this she must surely have mental health problems.I hope she gets the right treatment. hubby
  • Score: -25

11:28am Fri 21 Feb 14

adam666 says...

What could she hope to gain by making such a claim? Did she have any mental health problems? Obviously not enough to convince the judge.
Wouldn't somebody who claimed to have been dragged into bushes and subjected to a violent attack at least show some signs of the ordeal and have to be checked out by a doctor? If there wasn't a mark on her would that not be a bit of a clue for those concerned?
What could she hope to gain by making such a claim? Did she have any mental health problems? Obviously not enough to convince the judge. Wouldn't somebody who claimed to have been dragged into bushes and subjected to a violent attack at least show some signs of the ordeal and have to be checked out by a doctor? If there wasn't a mark on her would that not be a bit of a clue for those concerned? adam666
  • Score: 10

11:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

hey mongo says...

She seems happy enough on her facebook page....
She seems happy enough on her facebook page.... hey mongo
  • Score: 8

12:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

emma_barnes wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.
Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory
him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks
[quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.[/p][/quote]Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.[/p][/quote]Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 1

12:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Binnybanny says...

Minty cow, I wouldn't touch it with a $hitty stick.
Minty cow, I wouldn't touch it with a $hitty stick. Binnybanny
  • Score: 10

1:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

adam666 wrote:
What could she hope to gain by making such a claim? Did she have any mental health problems? Obviously not enough to convince the judge.
Wouldn't somebody who claimed to have been dragged into bushes and subjected to a violent attack at least show some signs of the ordeal and have to be checked out by a doctor? If there wasn't a mark on her would that not be a bit of a clue for those concerned?
to gain.............mon
ey.....compensation.
......you would be surprised at the amount of money claimed in criminal injuries
[quote][p][bold]adam666[/bold] wrote: What could she hope to gain by making such a claim? Did she have any mental health problems? Obviously not enough to convince the judge. Wouldn't somebody who claimed to have been dragged into bushes and subjected to a violent attack at least show some signs of the ordeal and have to be checked out by a doctor? If there wasn't a mark on her would that not be a bit of a clue for those concerned?[/p][/quote]to gain.............mon ey.....compensation. ......you would be surprised at the amount of money claimed in criminal injuries cookie_brighton
  • Score: -1

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

The Police acted appropriately under the circumstances. The sole blame and the only one we should hold to account for this whole debacle is that poor excuse for a woman, Sharlene James.

I would love for her to be confronted by real survivors of rape and by rape survivors who have not been believed.
The Police acted appropriately under the circumstances. The sole blame and the only one we should hold to account for this whole debacle is that poor excuse for a woman, Sharlene James. I would love for her to be confronted by real survivors of rape and by rape survivors who have not been believed. mimseycal
  • Score: 13

2:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Old Ale Man says...

Binnybanny wrote:
Minty cow, I wouldn't touch it with a $hitty stick.
Or the proverbial poll Binnybanny, even after 15 pints of old ale.
[quote][p][bold]Binnybanny[/bold] wrote: Minty cow, I wouldn't touch it with a $hitty stick.[/p][/quote]Or the proverbial poll Binnybanny, even after 15 pints of old ale. Old Ale Man
  • Score: -4

3:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bill in Hanover says...

Martin999 wrote:
Quote, “I was stripped naked and they did medicals on me. They did swaps on me." I would like to know what parts they did swaps on. Or did they mean swabs? Typical sloppy Argus reporting.
Which parts, not 'what parts'.
[quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: Quote, “I was stripped naked and they did medicals on me. They did swaps on me." I would like to know what parts they did swaps on. Or did they mean swabs? Typical sloppy Argus reporting.[/p][/quote]Which parts, not 'what parts'. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Zamora251 says...

Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!!
Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!! Zamora251
  • Score: -2

5:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Zamora251 wrote:
Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!!
It isn't a case of believing ... It is a case of an accusation being made and that has to be followed up. The case against the accused never made it to court as the police followed up all the proffered evidence which resulted in them discovering the CCTV imagery which proved he could not have been raping Sharlene Williams.
[quote][p][bold]Zamora251[/bold] wrote: Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!![/p][/quote]It isn't a case of believing ... It is a case of an accusation being made and that has to be followed up. The case against the accused never made it to court as the police followed up all the proffered evidence which resulted in them discovering the CCTV imagery which proved he could not have been raping Sharlene Williams. mimseycal
  • Score: 8

5:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

mimseycal wrote:
Zamora251 wrote:
Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!!
It isn't a case of believing ... It is a case of an accusation being made and that has to be followed up. The case against the accused never made it to court as the police followed up all the proffered evidence which resulted in them discovering the CCTV imagery which proved he could not have been raping Sharlene Williams.
Oops that should read Sharlene James ... My sincere apologies to any Sharlene Williams who may be reading these comments.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zamora251[/bold] wrote: Typical old bill, believed this Sharlene James before they had the facts, Im glad this **** got two years but she should have got much longer, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot barge pole, she is a minger!! Ugly ****!![/p][/quote]It isn't a case of believing ... It is a case of an accusation being made and that has to be followed up. The case against the accused never made it to court as the police followed up all the proffered evidence which resulted in them discovering the CCTV imagery which proved he could not have been raping Sharlene Williams.[/p][/quote]Oops that should read Sharlene James ... My sincere apologies to any Sharlene Williams who may be reading these comments. mimseycal
  • Score: -1

5:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
emma_barnes wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.
Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory
him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks
How is this ever the Polices fault? - She has to sign a statement that everything in it is true and to the best of her knowledge, and liable to imprisonment if it is false.Despite that warning she went on and signed it. What are you expecting the police to do during a series of rapes?. Wait for days or weeks on end before making an arrest? They would definitely be at fault then. That is why the law has given them the power to arrest on reasonable suspicion. I would say a signed statement is reasonable enough.They didn't ruin his life - She did.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.[/p][/quote]Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.[/p][/quote]Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks[/p][/quote]How is this ever the Polices fault? - She has to sign a statement that everything in it is true and to the best of her knowledge, and liable to imprisonment if it is false.Despite that warning she went on and signed it. What are you expecting the police to do during a series of rapes?. Wait for days or weeks on end before making an arrest? They would definitely be at fault then. That is why the law has given them the power to arrest on reasonable suspicion. I would say a signed statement is reasonable enough.They didn't ruin his life - She did. emma_barnes
  • Score: 12

5:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bubble Me says...

I don't get this. The man was arrested because he was named by the woman as an alleged rapist. It was quickly established that he wasn't an offender and he was released. He was never named by the police because he wasn't charged with anything. But what if he had been a rapist - can you imagine the reaction if he hadn't been arrested because police didn't believe the woman?! And what have the police got to apologise for - for doing their job? Seems to me that the apology culture is getting as bad as the compensation one.
I don't get this. The man was arrested because he was named by the woman as an alleged rapist. It was quickly established that he wasn't an offender and he was released. He was never named by the police because he wasn't charged with anything. But what if he had been a rapist - can you imagine the reaction if he hadn't been arrested because police didn't believe the woman?! And what have the police got to apologise for - for doing their job? Seems to me that the apology culture is getting as bad as the compensation one. Bubble Me
  • Score: 10

5:54pm Fri 21 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why didn't the police check the CCTV first to see if he was in the area? That would have made sense. This vile woman should have got 10 years in jail at least, the same as the man. Our law and sentencing is an ****.
Why didn't the police check the CCTV first to see if he was in the area? That would have made sense. This vile woman should have got 10 years in jail at least, the same as the man. Our law and sentencing is an ****. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Gaz the great says...

As for the police in this case, they did what is required in the event of an allegation of this magnitude. The fact they dropped the charges so quickly actually speaks highly of the individuals involved. What worries me is if this case had been reported 5 to 50 years later on, when, with no apparent evidence other than the "victims" testimony,, the person is arrested, what then? A lot of us will forget what we did today, by the end of the weekend, let alone what we did years ago!
As for the police in this case, they did what is required in the event of an allegation of this magnitude. The fact they dropped the charges so quickly actually speaks highly of the individuals involved. What worries me is if this case had been reported 5 to 50 years later on, when, with no apparent evidence other than the "victims" testimony,, the person is arrested, what then? A lot of us will forget what we did today, by the end of the weekend, let alone what we did years ago! Gaz the great
  • Score: 10

7:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

She is rather ugly.
She is rather ugly. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

HJarrs . says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
emma_barnes wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing
relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with
SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.
Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.
Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory
him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks
You're not very bright are you?

So if it was someone you knew and she was genuinely raped how would you feel if the Police were too slow in arresting someone and missed vital DNA evidence?
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The police have a lot to answer for, as usual they rushed forward without firm evidence and put this poor man through hell, nearly breaking up his existing relationship, and I bet they haven't issued one word of apology and what they say in their statement "we will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with SENSITIVELY and confidentially". It's more than obvious they don't know the meaning of this phrase, because in the UK people are still innocent until proven guilty (I think?) and the way this man was treated was totally wrong.[/p][/quote]Police HAVE to react quickly, as often the only evidence is DNA which needs collecting ASAP before it is gone.[/p][/quote]Yes, the police do have to act very quickly, but to ruin a persons life and pillory him, without proven evidence and justification is extremely poor, because as the saying goes mud sticks[/p][/quote]You're not very bright are you? So if it was someone you knew and she was genuinely raped how would you feel if the Police were too slow in arresting someone and missed vital DNA evidence? HJarrs .
  • Score: 12

10:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why didn't the police check the CCTV first to see if he was in the area? That would have made sense. This vile woman should have got 10 years in jail at least, the same as the man. Our law and sentencing is an ****.
cctv checked once he gave them his alibi in interview - cant be done before without talking to him and getting his account..
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why didn't the police check the CCTV first to see if he was in the area? That would have made sense. This vile woman should have got 10 years in jail at least, the same as the man. Our law and sentencing is an ****.[/p][/quote]cctv checked once he gave them his alibi in interview - cant be done before without talking to him and getting his account.. emma_barnes
  • Score: 9

12:02am Sat 22 Feb 14

Levent says...

You'd think one look at her would be ample evidence that she was
obviously talking a crock of sh1t. Surely no man nor beast on God's green earth could be THAT desperate?. As for the old bill asking "why did you rape her"? How about being innocent BEFORE proven guilty? Especially when they would have had no dna nor cctv footage showing the contrary.

Hope the poor guy learns his lesson and NEVER again shares a cab with females he doesn't know...even minging ones!
You'd think one look at her would be ample evidence that she was obviously talking a crock of sh1t. Surely no man nor beast on God's green earth could be THAT desperate?. As for the old bill asking "why did you rape her"? How about being innocent BEFORE proven guilty? Especially when they would have had no dna nor cctv footage showing the contrary. Hope the poor guy learns his lesson and NEVER again shares a cab with females he doesn't know...even minging ones! Levent
  • Score: -6

9:53am Sat 22 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Why did she make it up? The court must have asked her that. What's the real story of this head case.
Why did she make it up? The court must have asked her that. What's the real story of this head case. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 2

11:20am Sun 23 Feb 14

get-real4 says...

rape is a disgusting thing and should be dealt with appropriately its even worse when a silly little girl makes up lies to ruin the poor mans life they should have made an example of her and gave her his 10 years.
ok the police should have evidence before they put the bloke though all the test etc but then again if they had a real rapist they should make it as bad for him as possible.
i feel for the bloke and his family no one should go through that and the silly woman should suffer for the rest of her life because if she had been believed and not proven to be wrong then the poor blokes life and his families life would have been over for good.
she a sick and twisted individual and should be left in a room full of real victims of rape
rape is a disgusting thing and should be dealt with appropriately its even worse when a silly little girl makes up lies to ruin the poor mans life they should have made an example of her and gave her his 10 years. ok the police should have evidence before they put the bloke though all the test etc but then again if they had a real rapist they should make it as bad for him as possible. i feel for the bloke and his family no one should go through that and the silly woman should suffer for the rest of her life because if she had been believed and not proven to be wrong then the poor blokes life and his families life would have been over for good. she a sick and twisted individual and should be left in a room full of real victims of rape get-real4
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Why did she make it up? The court must have asked her that. What's the real story of this head case.
Maybe for the same reason behind the crime of rape? power and control.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Why did she make it up? The court must have asked her that. What's the real story of this head case.[/p][/quote]Maybe for the same reason behind the crime of rape? power and control. Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: -1

3:14pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Andrew-73 says...

It really bothers me that so called "girlfriend" took the word of some total stranger over her boyfriend! No smoke without fire right!?
Disgusting what this woman and her false accusations could have caused (and have caused). The poor guy must have gone through hell and I am so glad he took her to court to be held accountable.
Aside from paedophile, rape is the second worst accusation for an innocent man, I would rather be wrongly accused of murder than rape!
I sincerely hopes this witch learns her lesson because this was nothing more than a deliberate attempt to destroy a man's life.
It really bothers me that so called "girlfriend" took the word of some total stranger over her boyfriend! No smoke without fire right!? Disgusting what this woman and her false accusations could have caused (and have caused). The poor guy must have gone through hell and I am so glad he took her to court to be held accountable. Aside from paedophile, rape is the second worst accusation for an innocent man, I would rather be wrongly accused of murder than rape! I sincerely hopes this witch learns her lesson because this was nothing more than a deliberate attempt to destroy a man's life. Andrew-73
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Andrew-73 says...

clubrob6 wrote:
People should not be named until found guilty,we have seen several cases on TV where its trial by media.The media must have been very disappointed when several have be found NOT guilty but the media and police have already done the damage by then as the pressure people go through must be tremendous and unfortunately mud sticks.If someone is found guilty then yes they should face the full force of the law and media.
Please don't tell me they named this guy at the time? If so that is absolutely disgraceful!
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: People should not be named until found guilty,we have seen several cases on TV where its trial by media.The media must have been very disappointed when several have be found NOT guilty but the media and police have already done the damage by then as the pressure people go through must be tremendous and unfortunately mud sticks.If someone is found guilty then yes they should face the full force of the law and media.[/p][/quote]Please don't tell me they named this guy at the time? If so that is absolutely disgraceful! Andrew-73
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

I don't think so. The man had not been charged with rape, he was accused of rape. Which admittedly is bad enough but I do think that without formal cgarges, it is unlikely they would have named him publicly. Not that that detracts in any way from the ordeal he had to undergo just because some stupid bint thought she'd falsely accuse him.
I don't think so. The man had not been charged with rape, he was accused of rape. Which admittedly is bad enough but I do think that without formal cgarges, it is unlikely they would have named him publicly. Not that that detracts in any way from the ordeal he had to undergo just because some stupid bint thought she'd falsely accuse him. mimseycal
  • Score: 1

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