Freed care worker demands answers

February 5, 2004

The case against Anver Daud Sheikh was “holed” A care worker who had his sex assault convictions quashed says serious questions must be asked about miscarriages of justice in child abuse cases. Anver Daud Sheikh was two years into an eight-year term for serious sexual assaults on two boys in a Yorkshire care home where he worked 20 years ago. The Court of Appeal found his conviction unsafe after concerns were raised about historic abuse cases. Key evidence had not tallied with the dates Mr Sheikh worked at the home. ‘Elated but angry’ “Today the tide is turning and serious questions have to be asked about the miscarriages against former teachers and carers in care homes,” Mr Sheikh said in a statement read by his lawyers. “My thoughts rest with the many other men and women who still have to have their day in the court of appeal,” his solicitor Mark Newby said. “As I walk out today I have very mixed feelings. I am elated to be going home but angry with what has happened to me,” he added on his client’s behalf. Mr Sheikh paid tribute to his family, lawyers and the campaign group, Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers, for supporting him. The Criminal Cases Review Commission and Historical Abuse Appeal Panel are now investigating to see whether there have been other miscarriages of justice….

BBC

 

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