Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another he said/she said rape accusation; he's acquitted, so why isn't she put on trial for making a false police report?

This story is out of Leicestershire County, UK. Another he said-she said dispute. One or the other of these two committed a crime -- either rape or making a false police report. She charged him with rape, and he was arrested and brought to trial. The jury acquitted him. He charged her with lying, but it is almost certain no charges will be brought against her.

Double standard? Damn right. Her possible crime is swept under the rug. Only he is put through the hell of a trial.


Man cleared over rape claim

A man has been cleared of raping a 17-year-old girl in his car.

Mark Watson told police that the girl had told "a pack of lies" and had consented to sex.

The 31-year-old, who chose not to give evidence in his defence at Leicester Crown Court, had initially denied there was any sexual contact between them when arrested, but after being charged he admitted they did have sex.

A jury found him innocent after he insisted the girl had agreed to what had taken place.

Mr Watson told the police: "I feel sick to the stomach with what I've been accused of. Under no circumstances was it rape."

In interview, he said they had met for the first time at a mutual friend's house in Loughborough and he had offered her a lift home in the early hours of July 19.

Mr Watson, of Loughborough Road, Quorn, told the police: "She started coming on to me, and in the end I just gave in."

He said they also smoked cannabis together before having sex in his car, parked near Loughborough's Derby Road playing fields.

He then dropped her off at her home in the town afterwards.

Three days later, he met the girl at the same friend's house and she again accepted his offer of a lift.

Mr Watson said that on the second journey, the girl again made advances towards him, but he had refused. He said it was then that she threatened to make a false allegation of rape against him.

Mr Watson told the police after his arrest: "If I'd raped her on the Friday, there's no way she'd get back in my car the following Monday."

Giving evidence during the trial, the teenager alleged he had pinned her down in the front passenger seat and forced her to have sex, ignoring her pleas to be taken home.

Mr Watson had lied to the police as he did not want another girl he was in love with to hear he'd had sex with the teenager, the court heard.

The girl told the court she accepted the second lift as she did not want the friend whose house she was at to know she had been attacked.

Link: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Man-cleared-rape-claim/article-547118-detail/article.html