Posts tagged with  " anonymity "

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 […]

Could the Gillen Review do more for the falsely accused?

February 2, 2019:

You could be forgiven for not having heard of the Gillen Review. The Criminal Justice Board in Northern Ireland commissioned this review of the arrangements to deliver justice in serious sexual offence cases. Its task was to ‘determine whether current arrangements deliver the best outcomes for victims, defendants and justice; and to make recommendations for […]

John Hemming wins libel case

January 31, 2019:

To quote the Telegraph ‘A former MP, who was falsely accused of being part of a VIP paedophile ring, has won a rare libel action over comments made about him on social media’. The MP described how he had received threats of violence and ‘hundreds if not thousands’ of aggressive messages. One person had even […]

An appeal for anonymity (Cliff’s Law?)

July 20, 2018:

The following is a blog by the BBC radio presenter Simon Warr from his site, the Warr Zone, concerning what is increasingly being referred to as ‘Cliff’s Law’, the call for anonymity of a suspect up to the time they are charged. Many people are today celebrating the fact that Sir Cliff Richard has won […]

How Simon Warr lost everything when he was wrongfully accused of abuse

March 6, 2017:

What follows is a shocking story of how a wrongfully accused teacher lost everything. His career, his home, his reputation and of course his happiness. It tells how he contemplated suicide as the only way to escape his suffering. Simon Warr taught O level languages. He was, and is an innocent victim of the febrile […]

A teacher cleared of sexually assaulting a pupil but then sacked by his Belfast school has won a claim for unfair dismissal.

July 23, 2014:

A teacher cleared of sexually assaulting a pupil but then sacked by his Belfast school has won a claim for unfair dismissal. The man, who is not identified, had been accused of hugging a girl, trying to kiss her and making inappropriate comments in a photocopying room at the unidentified school in 2011. The allegation […]

Law graduate faces jail after being found guilty of falsely accusing her former boyfriend of a series of rapes

June 6, 2014:

A law graduate faces jail after being found guilty of falsely accusing her former boyfriend of a series of rapes and assaults as an excuse for doing poorly in her barrister training. The allegations made by Rhiannon Brooker meant Paul Fensome was arrested, charged and held in prison for 37 days. Following an 11-week trial, […]

MP Nigel Evans cleared of sexual assaults

April 11, 2014:

Former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans has been cleared of a string of sex abuse charges, including one of rape. The rape claim was one of several allegations made by seven men during a five-week trial at Preston Crown Court. The former Conservative MP was said to have used his political […]

Anne Diamond says she feels queasy about this sex pest witchhunt

June 20, 2013:

Why I’m queasy about this sex pest witchhunt and girls who dress to kill, by Anne Diamond In a frank and times disturbing article Anne Diamond  pours scorn on the behaviour of those teenage girls who in the past have fitted with celebrities and calls for those accused of sexual offences, particularly historical ones, to be […]

FACT contributes to Radio 5 Live debate

March 12, 2013:

FACT members might like to hear FACT’s contribution to the Radio 5 Live perspective on the DPP comments regarding the investigation of sexual offences. You can access here (for a short while) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r186b Fast Forward to 2:23:00

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