Thursday, February 23, 2012

A 'sexual assault' that was described in an earlier news report as a certainty turns out to be false

Police investigate sexual assault

On January 23rd 2012 shortly after 6 PM a female was walking home on Darling Street, when she was approached by two unidentified males, walking through Charles Ward Park. The males attacked the victim and sexually assaulted her in a secluded area of the park. The female was released after the assault, and the two suspects left the area.

The first male is described as being a white male in his mid twenties 6’2”-6’3”, bald head, clean shaven with a lip piercing and a stocky build. He was wearing jeans, boots, and a white and black hoodie that was zipped up the front with the hood pulled up.

The second male was described as being a white male in his mid twenties 5’10”-6’0” short buzzed blonde hair with a pointy face and dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Minutillo at 519-756-0113 extension 2266, or to call Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477.

Many of the comments called for the death penalty.


FRS COMMENT: Note that in the story above, the alleged sexual assault is reported as a certainty. This sort of sloppiness is typical of the reporting of alleged sexual assaults -- overall it is egregious -- where there is no evidence beyond the accusation of the putative victim.

Police close case on Jan. 23 sex assault

A report of a sexual assault in Charles Ward Park on Jan. 23 was false and the case is now closed, a Brantford police spokesman said Monday.
An investigation into the report revealed the sexual assault did not take place, the spokesman said.
It had been alleged that woman was sexually assaulted by two men in a secluded area of the park after they had approached her on Darling Street.
FRS COMMENT: Please spare us the pablum that the suspect didn't name anyone.  Do you need proof that innocent men and boys are too often suspects and are even charged for rape claims where the accuser did not initially name someone?