Our thanks to Mike P for this. The start of the piece:
An innocent banker who was wrongly accused of rape had to wait more than two months to be told by police he had been cleared of the charges against him.
Paul Faulkner, 46, from Hertfordshire, was left suicidal due to stress after a partner made false allegations against him when they broke up in May 2016.
Despite having messages sent over WhatsApp from the woman to Mr Faulkner saying she wanted ‘revenge’, it took the CPS nearly two years to clear his name.
It then took police a further two months to inform him he had been cleared of all the charges.
Speaking today, he told The Sun Online: ‘I’d shown them the evidence, I’d shown them the texts and shown how I was innocent.
‘But instead they destroy my life, I lose my job and now I realise that they even knew I was innocent but could not be bothered to tell me.’
It comes after damning revelations published yesterday which found nearly 50 rape cases had collapsed due to withheld evidence.
Mr Faulker was branded a ‘reputational’ risk and lost his £100,000-a-year job when police raided his home and arrested him on suspicion of assault, actual bodily harm, sexual assault and coercive control in August 2016.