Our thanks to Richard for this. An extract:
A celebrity lawyer is calling for people who make false rape and sex assault allegations to be stripped of their statutory anonymity and named on a public register.
The comments by Nick Freeman, nicknamed ‘Mr Loopole’ for his record helping clients fight motoring offences, come after the trial of 22-year-old student Liam Allan, who was charged with rape, dramatically collapsed.
Mr Freeman, who runs Manchester-based Freeman and Co Solicitors, argues the case is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and false allegations are being made on a ‘daily basis’. [J4MB emphasis]
A later extract:
But (Labour) MP Liz McInnes, who had previously objected to a complainant’s sexual history being used in evidence, told the MEN (Manchester Evening News) a register would only make it more difficult for victims of sexual assault. [J4MB: She clearly has no interest in the register protecting men from the company of women determined to ruin their lives.]
She said: “I would be quite wary about changing the law on the basis of one case. In that particular case justice was done in the end and I don’t see any reason to change the law around anonymity.
“I think the statistics show that the numbers of false allegations are very, very small compared to the total number of cases. If there were statistics showing that a large number of rape allegations were false then it would be different, but that’s not the case.
The claim that false rape allegations are rare is patently untrue. After all, what incentives do women who’ve made false rape allegations have for admitting they lied? The truth is that false rape allegations are common, and the only reason most of those allegations aren’t tested in courts is that even the CPS know they have no chance of a conviction (though even that often doesn’t stop them). Also, we have shown that the CPS only make charging decisions in relation to false allegations in a minority of the cases brought to them by police – and you can be sure those cases are watertight, or close to it. And ask yourself, if you were a serving police officer today, would you be asking the CPS to make charging decisions for prosecuting women for making false rape allegations? It would be career suicide.