Our thanks to Stu for this. An extract:
A man jailed for rape four years ago has had his conviction overturned after new Facebook evidence emerged.
Danny Kay’s sentence was quashed by the Court of Appeal after deleted messages [J4MB emphasis] were found in an archived folder backing his version of events.
The 26-year-old had denied rape at Derby Crown Court in 2013 but was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Judges ruled on Thursday the new evidence supported his claim the sex was consensual…
In his ruling, Mr Justice James Goss said: “We have come to the conclusion that, in a case of one word against another, the full Facebook message exchange provides very cogent evidence both in relation to the truthfulness and reliability of (the woman) … and the reliability of (Mr Kay’s) account and his truthfulness.”
Judges heard police asked the woman to retrieve Facebook messages that they had exchanged. [J4MB: Why didn’t they ask this back in 2013?]
In this case, and the three other cases of 20-something men we’ve covered in recent days, the key evidence exonerating the men was found on the lying women’s social media. The inevitable conclusion is that if the women hadn’t posted those materials, or texted friends, the men would probably have been convicted (or remained in prison). How will women intent on making false allegations respond to this in future? By posting on social media (or texting friends) that they’ve been raped. And that will be taken by the police / CPS that they have been, and yet more innocent men will go to prison.