Our thanks to James for this piece in today’s Mail on Sunday. The journalist is Jonathan Bucks, we welcome the increasing frequency with which male journalists are covering such stories.
We’ve already reported the case of Danny Kay, but this article includes some interesting new details. It’s possible there must have been miscarriages of justice in thousands of cases in recent years, where men pleaded not guilty to sexual offences. Every case going back to at least the appointment of Alison Saunders as DPP should be reviewed. Extracts from the article:
A man who spent more than two years in jail for a rape he did not commit had his conviction quashed after a relative took only a minute to uncover a series of bombshell Facebook messages – missed by police – that proved his innocence.
In the latest rape case to highlight failings in the criminal justice system, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the jury at Danny Kay’s 2013 trial was only shown doctored transcripts of crucial Facebook chats between Mr Kay and his accuser.
In an exclusive interview with the MoS, Mr Kay said archived versions of the original messages – proving he had consensual sex with his accuser – were found by his sister-in-law, Sarah Maddison. When she showed the Facebook exchange to the officer in charge of the investigation, he said: ‘How did you know how to find the messages and we didn’t?’…
By then, Mr Kay had spent three months in jail. It would be another three years before his conviction was overturned. The Appeal Court heard earlier this month that police relied on an ‘edited and misleading’ account of the Facebook conversation that was given to them by the complainant [J4MB emphasis] in the weeks after she claimed she was raped by Mr Kay.
It could not be more clear that Kay’s accuser sought to pervert the course of justice. She should be charged accordingly.
Once again, we refer you to Janet Bloomfield’s piece, 13 reasons women lie about rape.