A taxi driver falsely accused of rape could receive a five-figure compensation payout after winning a landmark victory.And like all victims of crime, Mr Bishop thought that he’d qualify for compensation.
Clive Bishop, 49, says his life was ruined after a drunken 17-year-old passenger claimed he attacked her.
Kirsty Palmer later admitted she made up the allegations and was jailed for ten months for perverting the course of justice.
But he was wrong:
When he applied for compensation, Mr Bishop described how months of living under a cloud of 'slurs and lies' had caused him enormous suffering.So he decided not to take it lying down, and has now won his case on appeal:
But the foster carer was twice refused a payout by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on the grounds he had not come to physical harm.
That ruling has now been overturned on appeal - the first time the authority has agreed to compensate for the mental trauma of a false criminal accusation.Now, I don’t begrudge him the money. And he undoubtedly went for the criminal compensation scheme because a private prosecution wouldn’t have netted him any money, the criminal in question being a 17 year old chav.
It is not known exactly how much he will receive but his lawyers estimate it could be up to £10,000.
But I’d like to see the government looking at some ways to ensure that in cases like these, the future earnings of the criminal were attached in some way, in order to pay back as much of this claim as possible into the public purse.
It’s the only way they will ever learn the lesson that actions have real consequences. At least, those other than a 10 month (Hah! Bet she doesn’t serve that!) holiday at taxpayer’s expense…