Police Officer Jailed for Lying About Uxbridge Child Sex Assault

A police constable who falsely accused a council street cleaner of sexually assaulting a child after an argument about cleaning up his garden hedges has been jailed for three years. PC Hitesh Lakhani, 42, called the police stating he had witnessed a man beckon a child of around five years old into some bushes while her mother walked ahead on a residential street in Uxbridge on 5 September, 2018. He claimed to have seen the man pull his shorts down and place the little girl’s hand on him, before her mother noticed she was missing and called out to her, allowing her to escape. Lakhani said he confronted the offender and took a photograph of him. He presented the photo to police when they arrived to take a statement from him. The image was circulated across Hillingdon police’s social media feeds in order to identify the culprit of the alleged assault. It called on the public to contact Crimestoppers if they recognised the man. Upon further investigation by the police, CCTV evidence from a neighbouring house proved the sexual assault could not have happened.

Read more: CPC, https://is.gd/4Cvaf5

Police Reject Judge’s Call To Apologise Over Wrongful Conviction

Police have refused to apologise to a man wrongly jailed for 25 years because officers lied at his trial, even after the now-retired appeal court judge who quashed the conviction told the Guardian that the force should say sorry. Cheshire police said that while they were “concerned” at the wrongful jailing of Paul Blackburn, who was convicted as a teenager in 1978 for the attempted murder and sexual assault of a young boy, no apology was needed as procedures at the time of the investigation were “very different”. Blackburn, then in a reform school in Warrington, Cheshire, was arrested shortly after he turned 15. The only notable evidence against him was a confession he signed after four hours of questioning by two senior officers, with no parent or lawyer present. The appeal court, which quashed the conviction in 2005, two years after Blackburn was released on license, said the police claim he wrote the confession unaided “can now be seen to have been untrue” after linguistic analysis showed it was littered with police jargon almost certainly unknown to a poorly-educated teenager. The ruling said this cast doubt on other police claims.

Read more: Peter Walker, Guardian, https://is.gd/FuDeaO

Prison Staff Misconduct Investigations Rise By Third

Investigations into alleged misconduct by prison staff have risen by a third in a year, figures have revealed. More than 2,500 charges were investigated in 2018-19, up from 1,894 the previous year. Alleged “breach of security” – which can include bringing contraband into jails – and use of “unnecessary” force contributed to the rise. The Prison Service said action was taken against the “small minority that engaged in inappropriate behaviour”. Mick Pimblett, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA), blamed some of the rises on inexperienced staff and a lack of training. There were 2,511 investigations into alleged misconduct by 1,286 prison staff in England and Wales in 2018-19, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent. Prior to that the number of investigations had been falling. In the same time, 529 staff were disciplined, with 112 recommended for dismissal. Nearly 500 investigations into allegations of “breach of security” in prisons took place in the year ending March 2019.

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It was also announced that a new outreach support group was to be initiated on a trial basis.  It is to be held in London, for those still suffering from stress of their false allegations.  Those who wish to attend this small group can find out if it is suitable for them by contacting, by email, the Secretary at support@false-allegations.org.uk, where they will be given details of the future events, should it be suitable for them. The next meeting will be in London on Monday 9th Dec 2019.

As decided at the FASO AGM, held in Cardiff in Sept 2019, Margaret Gardener will take up her new role as Chief Executive Officer of FASO (CEO) and oversee all aspects of FASO – whilst two new Directors will be heading the Criminal and Family phases of the work.

It is with sadness our prison visiting service at HMP Isle of Wight has had to close after 10 years’ service, due to the retirement of our two voluntary leaders on the Island.

The feminising of justice that makes it hard for men charged with rape to get a fair trial, writes human rights lawyer BARBARA HEWSON

Of course, rape is a terrible crime and gang-rape is one of the worst things that human beings can do to another justice-quotes-3person.

So, had four young men who were arrested after a group sex session at a student ball been found guilty of sex crimes, they would have been jailed for many years…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3538907/The-feminising-justice-makes-hard-men-charged-rape-fair-trial-writes-human-rights-lawyer-BARBARA-HEWSON.html#ixzz45oMF8ywG


Maximum Match Points for Justice

One of the hardest things a lot of people find to understand about False Allegations is what they say about the legal Justice system and how it is functioning.  Often there are calls for new laws of checks to be put in place, or various “lessons to be learnt” when, in truth, the laws we have in the country – the lMatch4aws that are meant to protect each and every one of us – are already in place.  It is understandable to hear people say things like: “well, he must have done something wrong if they have charged him and taken him to court.”

The scariest thing is that unless people have personal experience of false allegations they genuinely don’t know that this is not t he case.  It might be hard to imagine, but people genuinely are arrested, charged and even – in some terrible examples – convicted where there is no more than the testimony of the claimant (the correct term, as opposed to “victim”).  In fact, in many case, and especially when the case is an historical case, there is no evidence that any crime was even committed.  There is no broken window to show the vandalism; no missing car to show the theft; no burning building to show the arson; and no body or huge amount of bloody to show a murder.  There’s nothing.

So people can be facing a trial that not only are they not guilty of, but one that never even happened.  However, it is important to remember that FASO does not deny in any way that abuse does happen.  Quiet the opposite, in fact.  It worries us greatly that whilst the police waste their time entertaining yet another liar’s fantasy. there are other real victims who need their help.

We are supposed to live in a society that shares in a belief that all children should be protected from harm.  But we are also supposed to be able to rely on the idea of being treated as “innocent until PROVEN guilty”.  But in reality…this simply isn’t the case.

So, here’s an image to have some thought over.  Match up the 4 terms with the 4 statements.  Share your thoughts on what it might say not just about the issues of false allegations, but also how they work in hand with child protection.  Remember, FASO believe in the support of ALL genuine victims of these terrible crimes against people of all ages.