Cirencester gang rape trial: Judge criticises detective for becoming alleged victim’s ‘confidante’

Our thanks to Mike for this. Despite what is now known about the case – at the end of the trial, two years after being publicly exposed as alleged rapists, the four young men were cleared of rape charges – the Telegraph headline reads:

Cirencester gang rape trial: Judge criticises detective for becoming victim’s ‘confidante’

The addition of one word (in bold) would have made it an accurate headline:

Cirencester gang rape trial: Judge criticises detective for becoming alleged victim’s ‘confidante’

The outcome of the case couldn’t have been clearer. The woman wasn’t a victim.

Extracts from the article:

A police officer failed to reveal incriminating evidence about a victim who accused four agricultural students of rape because he had become her “confidante”, a court was told.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC also criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for their handling of the gang rape case which saw the defendants put through two years of hell before they were finally cleared.

At Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Tabor said Detective Constable Ben Lewis got too close to the complainant and did not understand his job properly.

This led to “stark and very serious omissions” by the officer in failing to disclose “game changing” evidence…

“Other than the video clips, the prosecution’s decision to offer no evidence was entirely as a result of the information uncovered by the defendants’ investigation into the download of the complainant’s telephone and their insistence that the Royal Military Police material be properly examined.

“The Crown Prosecution Service [my emphasis] and Det Con Lewis must bear joint responsibility for the failure to properly disclose this game changing material.”

Will the woman in this case face a charge of having made four false rape allegation, as she should be? Almost certainly not. To the CPS, under the stewardship of the odious Alison Saunders, there would be judged to be no ‘public interest’ in bringing a prosecution. The ‘public’ almost invariably excludes men, when it comes to such areas.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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3 Responses to Cirencester gang rape trial: Judge criticises detective for becoming alleged victim’s ‘confidante’

  1. bakamonosan says:

    ‘Bread and circuses’ was the Roman’s recipe for a compliant society, and it seems that instead of watching slaves in unarmed combat with ferocious animals, we now watch fresh-faced young men struggle in an equally one-sided challenge.

    There is a macabre voyeurism in getting your jollies vicariously through observing the sexual adventures of young men, and then retreating into prurient condemnation of their virility by judging them for being young and, well, male.

    Is part of society disappointed that these men who engaged in sexual practices that at once titillate and frighten the middle aged do not get their “just” desserts?

    In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the boys descended into chaos, but reassuringly, the officer from the trim cruiser arrives at the end to restore order and justice. Is not the production line of alleged sex crimes creating a series of modern day morality tales designed to anaesthetise the mob?

    No need to wonder, there’ll be another in a month or two: the 24 hour news cycle provides the appetite and feminist degradation of legitimate tests of evidence (“listen and believe! “) creates the supply.

    Meanwhile, in another part of town, some boys get in a taxi with a young woman, laughing excitedly, oblivious that the journey upon which they have embarked will change the direction of their lives…

  2. epistemol says:

    Quote; “Other than the video clips, the prosecution’s decision to offer no evidence was entirely as a result of the information uncovered by the defendants’ investigation into the download of the complainant’s telephone and their insistence that the Royal Military Police material be properly examined.”

    So the next obvious step is to prevent or make difficult defence investigation of the FACTS on the grounds that it would be contrary to the ‘public interest’, or some such spurious lying nonsense.
    Seriously, what are the chances?
    Do ‘The Public’ –
    A. Get some sort of say in what is in their own interest?
    Or
    B. Have their own interest decided for
    them?
    (Tick one only.)

    P.S. Don’t worry — I too get the names Alison Steadman (very good) and Alison Saunders (not so good) mixed up.
    After ‘Alison’ one just naturally
    wants to say ‘Steadman’.
    A situation further complicated by the fact that Jennifer Saunders and Alison Steadman are both in the same business of comic acting, whereas Alison Saunders is more in the line of your ‘tragedy’ way of undertaking.

    • daddybones45 says:

      “Public interest” is an empty legal term that does not mean what it should in the real world. It actually means: “Liable to help the CPS score a false conviction by any means in an area of crime that’s currently sensitive and profitable, aiding the state manufacture crime statistics for political gain.”

      The CPS needs to be atomised and the rule of law put firmly back into UK courts.

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