A man has told of the pain and humiliation he endured when his estranged wife falsely accused him of rape.You’d think those words, ‘estranged wife’, might have given the police a clue, don’t you?
He described how he was arrested at his home - he was watching TV in bed when police arrived - and spent 16 hours in a cell.That’s very forgiving of you, Mr Scoones….
His clothes were taken for forensic examination and he was left naked so that DNA samples could be taken.
Mr Scoones said: 'I wasn't just stripped of my clothes, but of my dignity. I was stood there naked, with two police officers at one side of me and a doctor at the other side, having swabs taken from all over my body.
'It was humiliating and degrading. I don't blame the officers for investigating, but it is a heinous crime to be accused of and I'm still having nightmares now.'
Durham Crown Court heard that she told police Mr Scoones followed her home from a shop, forced his way into the house and raped her in a downstairs toilet.Wouldn’t it have been an idea to have those interviews before arresting the poor guy? You know, to see if there really has been a rape after all?
She claimed she was hurt but had not been able to call police immediately because he threatened to petrol-bomb her house.
It was only after discrepancies emerged in a police interview with her that Mr Scoones was told he was in the clear and his ex-wife was charged with committing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.
PC Elizabeth Graham, of Durham Police's domestic abuse investigation team, said the force was very victim focused and that the allegation of rape had been taken seriously and fully investigated.How about, instead of assigning ‘victim’ status to one or the other depending on the complaint, the police wait to see where the actual evidence leads?
It was only when the truth emerged that Scoones stopped being treated as the victim.
PC Graham said: 'This was a calculated and malicious allegation made by a frustrated ex-partner who had an aim of discrediting her former husband and subjecting him to the indignity of a police investigation into an allegation of rape.There we are again – ‘true victim’.
'The sentence imposed reflects the gravity of the offence committed and takes into account the trauma the true victim of this incident experienced, as well as the significant waste of police time and money spent investigating a crime that never occurred.'
Of course, he’s only now assigned that title because it transpired that the wife set him up – before that, she was considered to be the ‘true victim’, and treated accordingly.
Deciding who the ‘victim’ is seems to take up a lot of police time. Doesn’t it…?