One man’s fight to clear his name of accusations of historic abuse. Gathering together information for his own defence, Simon Warr fought through an adversarial legal system that presumed him guilty before he’d even gone to trial. On bail for 2 years, he was finally able to prove his innocence to a jury.
This article shows what it’s like to be confronted by police and CPS officials that are decidely on the side of the accuser in historic cases.
Active encouragement is being given to adults who claim to remember, from even a half century ago, any inappropriate behaviour which took place by a teacher or carer and, to quote the former DPP, Keir Starmer, ‘these complainants must be believed’. Initially, barely a week passed without someone in the public eye being arrested, amidst maximum publicity, of course. It wasn’t just the famous who were being targeted. Hundreds of ordinary folk had their collar felt in the early hours of the morning.
In 1769, William Blackstone wrote ‘the law holds it that it is better that 10 guilty persons go free than one innocent person suffers’. Yet, in our supposedly democratic society, there are a myriad of innocent people who have been arrested, charged and imprisoned on the basis of unproven complaints.
But, in modern Britain complainants ‘must be believed’ when it comes to alleged sex abuse. If this is the message from the top of our legal profession, then is it any wonder that more and more innocent individuals are being arrested and, in many cases, unfairly punished?
To read more of this remarkable case please visit http://thejusticegap.com/2015/06/something-good-has-to-come-from-this/