Another lacerating article on the historic abuse investigations being pursued by the police. One of the central witnesses in Operation Midland has, according to Dominic Lawson writing in the Daily Mail, been revealed as ‘a man with a history of false claims.’
The Sunday Telegraph reported that ‘Darren’ had previously been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for making hoax bomb calls, nuisance and threatening calls about neighbours and criminal damage.
He also falsely confessed to the murder of a prostitute during a high-profile police manhunt in the Nineties.
But the police have been agonisingly slow — at least for those he has accused — to come to the conclusion that they have been sent on the wildest of wild goose chases. This is partly because they have been under political and media pressure.
Addressing the claim that another key witness had been given therapy which helped him come to terms with his ‘abusive past’, Lawson writes:
I hope, for the sake of the police’s reputation, that ‘Nick’s’ therapy was not so-called ‘recovered memory’ treatment, a now discredited practice described as ‘the worst catastrophe to befall the mental health field since the lobotomy era’.
In the Eighties and Nineties, a number of people were induced by psychoanalysts to ‘remember’ appalling sexual abuse which hitherto had never crossed their minds.
Forms of hypnosis were often used, and the result was that some wretched men (and women) came genuinely to believe that they had taken part in ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and the like. It was all nonsense, but compelling nonsense — and some courts fell for it. In this context, I am intrigued by the report that ‘Darren’ had falsely confessed to a murder.