Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Small Injustice

Just watched a fascinating programme on the Crime & Investigation channel telling the story of a guy wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his mother-in-law and rape of his niece. To say that the evidence on which they banged him up was flimsy would be an understatement. There was absolutely no physical evidence to link him to the crime scene with no DNA check carried out, despite the abundance of the perp's DNA available at the scene.

But the extraordinary thing is that the authorities decided to keep him in the clink (a particularly nasty one for sex offenders) even when the evidence of obvious innocence was steadily accumulating. It seems they didn't like the idea of being shown up as being in the wrong.

He served over seven years eventually, even though the cops had in their records something close to a confession from the actual villain given fairly soon after the crime.

There won't be a big feature film made of this. It was interesting, but in a drab kind of manner. Nothing terribly heroic about the guy who suffered. It makes you wonder just how many other minor victims of police and/or prosecutorial incompetence have had their lives ruined without getting their hour on C&I to let the world know.

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