When you’re falsely accused of something you didn’t do, it can completely destroy your life. This can apply to someone spreading a rumor about you, or, on a much bigger scale, being arrested for a crime you didn’t commit.
It can be infuriating to know that people have already labeled you as guilty, even though you’re innocent. The following story depicts a student trying desperately to keep his faith after being failed by the system. It all started with a text message…
A Great Catch
Liam Allen, 19, was a very handsome guy who was also incredibly smart. He had everything going for him and the women who he met knew it. At the time, he was studying criminology at Greenwich University in South East London and he couldn’t wait to get started with his career.
While his future looked incredibly bright, Liam had no idea his world was going to be turned upside down. Liam was on break from school one semester when he heard a knock at his door. It was the police and they were arresting him in front of his mother…
“You’re Under Arrest”
Liam’s mom, Lorraine had no idea what was going on and she watched as police took her only son away in handcuffs. After being held in police custody for about 6 hours, Liam was finally able to speak his mom and tell her what was going on.
He was being charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault by a woman who had to remain anonymous. Liam knew he was innocent but everything happened so fast from that point on. Lorraine went into overdrive thinking of anything she could do to help her son…
It Was A Waiting Game
After a month went by, Liam realized there was nothing he could do and he had to leave it up to the investigation team. Liam felt betrayed, he was fearful and he described feeling extremely intimidated by the whole process. He couldn’t understand why the accusations were made against him.
There were many moments when Liam just froze, as there was nothing that could have prepared him for what was happening. He was facing a possible jail term of over 10 years and he would be put on the sex offenders register for life if he was found guilty…
Living In Limbo
About one month in, Liam learned there was nothing he could do. He had to sit back and wait to be investigated. But, after months and then years went by, Liam was losing hope. He had been on bail for two years and his mom started to imagine life without Liam in it.
Liam turned to a local lawyer he had done work experience with and said he was terrified at the idea of going to prison with sex offenders. Liam couldn’t talk to his mother about the details of the case because she might have been called as a witness. He also couldn’t talk to his friends because they might have been called. He felt completely isolated…
Living A Nightmare
His dating life suffered as well and Liam had to explain to every woman that he had serious allegations against him. While the women didn’t believe Liam was capable of such a thing, it still greatly affected his dating life.
Detectives Dismissed His Request
Liam wanted this nightmare to be over and his lawyers repeatedly requested for detectives to review the evidence. Detectives denied these requests claiming they were “not relevant” to the case and too personal to be shown. Liam couldn’t believe how this was possible…
Liam started to believe he was framed by his accuser and now the justice system was failing him. He knew there were text messages and phone calls between him and the accuser that would prove he was innocent, but they were withholding all of them. Liam’s trial was nearing and he started to panic.
A Blatant Lie
While at the Croydon Crown Court in London, the alleged victim took the stand and claimed she did not enjoy sex, while Liam said that it was consensual. He even thought that she was acting maliciously because he refused to see her after he returned to his university…
Liam then came up with a smart scenario of how this ordeal started in the first place. He believed that his accuser told “a little white lie,” and then the entire thing spiraled out of control. He thinks her story became one she had to stick to and that she completely lost control of what happened.
Where Was The Evidence?
Regardless of the story she spun, Liam should be protected by the law and the justice system. But, just as he thought he would soon be locked away forever, there was a revelation in the case…
It Blew The Prosecution Case Out Of The Water
The life-changing discovery was made in the 11th hour when a new prosecutor, Jerry Hayes, took over the case one day before the trail began and ordered police to hand over records, including a computer disk that contained 40,000 messages.
Evidence Was Finally Brought To Light
Finally, the evidence was brought to light and the judge was blown away by what he saw. The messages showed how the accuser continually messaged Liam for “casual sex.” She practically begged him for it and she constantly praised his manhood.
She Was Begging Him For Sex
The woman even bragged to her friends about how much she enjoyed sleeping with Liam. In other messages, she discussed fantasies about rape and violent sex. She even asked a man about acting out a rape fantasy!
Cops Passed On Evidence
Police had looked at the thousands of phone messages while reviewing the evidence, but it wasn’t until the prosecution was close to trial that officers disclosed communications between the complainant and her friends. Prosecutor Jerry Hayes said: “It’s the most appalling case of non-disclosure I’ve seen in 40 years.”
Judge Peter Gower said that Liam was not guilty on all charges. Now, an urgent assessment is being carried out to establish the circumstances which led to this action being taken. The Crown Prosecution Service is now said to conduct a “management review” with the police to examine the way in which the case was handled.
Their Actions Were Inexcusable
While the justice system offered their apologies, this is not enough for Liam. A mere “sorry” after making his life a living hell for the past two years is not going to cut it. “I can’t explain the mental torture of the past two years. … I feel betrayed by the system which I had believed would do the right thing, the system I want to work in.”