A woman was jailed yesterday after her false claim of rape resulted in an innocent stranger being arrested.
In an attempt to make her family feel guilty following an argument, Kerry Saunders invented a story that she had been sexually assaulted after a night out.
She was overheard making the allegation by a passing police community support officer.
Instead of admitting it was just a story, she told the officer that her attacker was a black man driving a blue car.
Within hours, Oladepo Otesile, a student, was picked up by police near the scene of the alleged attack.
He was held in a cell for 22 hours, where he was interviewed under caution and given an intimate forensic examination. Samples of his DNA and fingerprints were also taken.
Only after Mr Otesile was bailed to return for an identity parade did his 'victim' contact police to admit the allegations were false.
Of Mr Otesile, [Barry Humphries, prosecuting,] added: 'The victim is black, and happened to have a blue car which was spotted by police in the area where the alleged rape took place.
'It fitted the description of the car and he fitted the description of the attacker and he was arrested. He then spent 22 hours in custody where Miss Saunders still maintained the allegation that she had been raped.'
You what? As Julia puts it...
Am I reading this right? On the word of a drunken, attention-seeking chav, and with no physical evidence whatsoever, plod simply arrest the first black man in a blue car they come across? Jesus wept….
He should sue. Not just the chav, but the police force as well. I’m not normally in favour of ambulance chasing lawyers, but Mr Otesile needs to find the most feral beast in the legal jungle and sic him on Essex Police forthwith.
I am finally, as it happens, getting around to reading the excellent Wasting Police Time; whilst I have read the Coppers Blog for some years, and thus much of the material is familiar to me, reviewing it in a oner makes me has induced some quite exceptional rage.
As you will know, your humble Devil is a libertarian and, although many people still seem to think that this equates to the kind of Satanism that is encapsulated in "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law", that is not my view at all. As many others have argued, libertarianism actively requires very strong property laws to operate; after all, how can one possibly uphold laws against the initiation of force against life, liberty and property if you cannot uphold said laws?
And Sir Robert Peel created the police to uphold the law on behalf of every person in the land, including the weak who are unable to protect themselves. So, let us remind ourselves, yet again, of the Principles of Peelian Policing.
- The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
- The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
- Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
- The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
- Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
- Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
- Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
- Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
- The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
Our police forces have become debased and ineffective; they need to be reformed now. And, as many others have advocated, we should start with the election of local police chiefs: people whose job depends on the serving the people who pay their wages, not the state.
That actually applies to every public service: the state fucks up everything that it touches and should therefore do as little as possible.