Archive of General News

Police officer jailed for falsely accusing a man of sexual abuse of a child

January 10, 2020:

A police officer was sentenced to three years in prison for perverting the course of justice. According to Sky News Senior Crown Prosecutor David Davies said “Hitesh Lakhani called 101 alleging he had witnessed a sexual assault that he knew did not happen. This was a spiteful act over a disagreement about hedge trimmings in […]

Doctor’s conviction quashed

December 20, 2019:

A doctor who was wrongfully accused of sexual assault of a female patient had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal last week. He had already served his full prison sentence and been struck off the medical register. While he was in prison his family instructed a new legal team who uncovered fresh evidence […]

When will the public wake up? The Sir Richard Henriques Report

November 6, 2019:

We are all our own worst enemy because we so often believe we will never be the victim of a false allegation. How could this happen, we are not doing anything wrong? FACT would be very rich if it had a pound for every time we have heard that. The second thing we hear is […]

Summer 2019 issue of FACTion magazine is now available online

September 9, 2019:

This year’s Summer edition of FACT’s magazine is now available for download here. This issue is packed with news and there are reports from our Spring Conference and from our annual service of encouragement and support. It also includes articles on the ‘legal compensation scandal’ and Carl Beech (alias ‘Nick’). Daniel Janner QC was the […]

A wasted decade in restoring balance in our justice system? Find out at our Autumn Conference

September 7, 2019:

In 2009 Mark Barlow and Mark Newby delivered their seminal paper on challenging past historical allegations of abuse at a conference which brought together all sides in the Criminal Justice System. They are the guest speakers at our Autumn Conference and the title of their presentation will be “The last 10 years of historical abuse […]

Why pre-charge anonymity is only fair; Ros Burnett

August 17, 2019:

Ros Burnett, an academic linked to the Oxford University Criminology Department has written an article for the Justice Gap on the issue of anonymity until charge for those accused of sexual offences. Leaks to the press about allegations of sexual offences have seriously damaged the reputations, careers and safety of many famous people. For every […]

‘Believe the victim’; how the Met swallowed Nick’s tales hook line and sinker

August 11, 2019:

The recent conviction of Carl Beech for perverting the course of justice has been long awaited, not only by the victims of his foul crime, but by the many, many others who have suffered the torture of being falsely accused of sexual abuse of children. The story of how his fabrications were swallowed hook line […]

The Legal Compensation Scandal

July 17, 2019:

The following is an extract from an article about the potential harm to the wrongfully accused caused by the “compensation culture”. It was written by one of our members, Jeremy Dunning-Davies who also supplied the data in the graph. The whole article is available here. “One of the banes of our present-day society is the […]

Good News! Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice Begins

July 16, 2019:

The Westminster Commission on Miscarriages has been established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice (APPGMJ) with a brief to investigate the ability of the criminal justice system to identify and rectify miscarriages of justice. The commission will focus on the Crminal Cases Review Commission, (CCRC) which to many, both in the legal […]

“We Believe You” film premiere at FACT Conference

May 19, 2019:

At our Spring FACT Conference we were very privileged to have the first showing of the video “We Believe You”. This powerful film gives a voice to those who have been wrongly accused of sexual offences. The victims of wrongful allegations describe their experiences from arrest right to the devastation left in the aftermath of […]

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