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Date: 19th January 2018
Source: The Daily Mail
Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5288119/Sex-ring-case-collapses-amid-claims-accuser-fantasist.html

Case against five-man 'paedophile ring' men collapses as doctors say accuser's claim of forced abortion was physically impossible and based on scenes in Call The Midwife
  • Five men were prosecuted after woman claimed she had been abused in 1990s
  • But the case was dropped this week after new evidence came to light about her
  • Doctor who was hauled before court calls for inquiry into handling of sex cases
  • He said woman's account of her alleged 'forced abortion' was taken from TV
A retired GP who was among five men accused of being part of a paedophile ring by a 'serial fantasist' has called for a national inquiry into the way sex cases are handled.

Retired GP Stephen Glascoe, 67, retired social worker Patrick Graham, 61, and three other men were accused of raping the woman at parties in Cardiff in the late 1980s and early 90s. But the case crumbled just two weeks before trial after prosecutors said they had concerns about her evidence.

It emerged the woman had recalled being abused during controversial regression therapy. A consultant gynaecologist meanwhile told the court she appears to have based her account of an abortion of an episode of Call the Midwife.

The alleged victim, who received £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, claimed she had a forced abortion and was made to torture other children. Dr Glascoe said that the information provided about how that the alleged procedure was carried out was 'completely impossible'. During an 18-month investigation, Dr Glascoe said he had spent £100,000 in legal fees in order to fight the 13 charges against him.

Speaking after the case against him was dropped, he said: "This has had a devastating impact on my life and on my wife and impact our friends and loved ones."

"They have tried to conceal from me how upset it has made them but in the last few days they have been ringing up and explaining how upset they have been that I was facing the prospect of going to prison for the rest of my life for crimes I didn't commit."

"Every single person who knows me and knows about these charges has just said 'we never doubted you'."

He said he feared he could have been sent to prison for the rest of his life in what he says would have been a 'huge miscarriage of justice'. Later speaking to The Times, he criticised the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders over her comments that men cleared of rape were not falsely accused.

He said the "pendulum has swung too far" in favour of accusers being believed and not those they accused.

The former GP was arrested after coming back from holiday in July 2016 and is now calling for a national inquiry to be held into how police and prosecutors handle rape cases. The men were due to stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court on 29 January, but all charges were dropped at Newport Crown Court on Monday. Judge Thomas Crowther said an internal police investigation would be likely as it was revealed the accuser exchanged 1,000 texts, 530 emails and 118 telephone calls with Detective Constable Beverly Norman.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "Sexual assault is one of the most traumatic and devastating experiences a person can suffer and every case reported to South Wales Police is fully investigated and victims given the full support of our officers."

"Throughout any investigation, we regularly communicate with the victim in order to offer them support and keep them updated on progress, but also to obtain other essential information for example arranging for statements to be taken."

The spokesman added: "This particular case involved a vulnerable woman who required additional support, not only throughout the investigation but in the lead-up to the court case."

"She lived outside of Wales which meant that officers had to rely on electronic means of communication such as text messages and e-mail."

"While we are disappointed by the outcome at Newport Crown Court, we respect the decision made by the Crown Prosecution Service that new evidence meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction."

"We will, in due course review this investigation and act on any lessons which arise".

A CPS spokesman said: "The CPS keeps all cases continually under review in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. Following further investigation, new evidence was revealed and it was decided that there was no longer a realistic prospect of prosecution."
 

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yes...
and note the malicious intent of the police, made obvious in their ongoing denial of their culpability and lies,
"new evidence" refers to previous false allegations, that proved she was a serial liar, which were on the police national database when they should have checked it in February 2013
but they only looked at it in November 2017 due to our defence team's insistence, just before the trial collapsed.

I will land them in jail for perverting the course of justice if I live long enough -
 

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yes...
and note the malicious intent of the police, made obvious in their ongoing denial of their culpability and lies,
"new evidence" refers to previous false allegations, that proved she was a serial liar, which were on the police national database when they should have checked it in February 2013
but they only looked at it in November 2017 due to our defence team's insistence, just before the trial collapsed.

I will land them in jail for perverting the course of justice if I live long enough -
Not surprising, Patrick. The police for some strange reason were unable to recover the transcript of a previous trial twenty years previously in which my accuser had sent a man to prison for six years on the exact same allegations that she was bringing against me. In exact detail. Even down to the allegation that he threatened to rape her grandchild if she refused to let him rape her, and that one of her dogs bit him, and he kicked her dog. My team consistently and repeatedly asked for this transcript, but they 'couldn't find it', then that 'it had been moved to a central storage location', then that it had 'become corrupted in storage and couldn't be read'... We never actually recovered the transcript of that trial, but once the judge discovered this had occurred, he stopped the trial in mid-flow and told the CPS to go and reconsider the prosecution (of an innocent man by a delusional and lying woman in league with a corrupt prosecutor).
Sounds to me like a regular and accepted prosecution practice. If you ever need supporting evidence, the transcript of the relevant parts of my trial might be helpful...if we were lucky enough to recover it!
We must never, ever, challenge a woman who claims she has been raped. To do so is to inflict yet another harm on her.
 
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Not surprising, Patrick. The police for some strange reason were unable to recover the transcript of a previous trial twenty years previously in which my accuser had sent a man to prison for six years on the exact same allegations that she was bringing against me. In exact detail. Even down to the allegation that he threatened to rape her grandchild if she refused to let him rape her, and that one of her dogs bit him, and he kicked her dog. My team consistently and repeatedly asked for this transcript, but they 'couldn't find it', then that 'it had been moved to a central storage location', then that it had 'become corrupted in storage and couldn't be read'... We never actually recovered the transcript of that trial, but once the judge discovered this had occurred, he stopped the trial in mid-flow and told the CPS to go and reconsider the prosecution (of an innocent man by a delusional and lying woman in league with a corrupt prosecutor).
Sounds to me like a regular and accepted prosecution practice. If you ever need supporting evidence, the transcript of the relevant parts of my trial might be helpful...if we were lucky enough to recover it!
We must never, ever, challenge a woman who claims she has been raped. To do so is to inflict yet another harm on her.
I see this as proof of the police perverting the course of justice (not her, who as you often say, is a mentally ill person)
Their refusal to seek the balanced evidence that would have prevented you being charged is clearly intent, not just forgetfulness.

James Barnett would be encouraging you to send these police SARs (Subject Access Requests) and seek this information with the backing and added weight of the information commissioner - (who can fine them £1 million)
those lies about it being corrupted/lost or unreadable are such that a judge could (? a long shot of a guess) order the defence solicitor involved (who almost certainly still has the case papers buried in an archive) to hand it over.
 

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I see this as proof of the police perverting the course of justice (not her, who as you often say, is a mentally ill person)
Their refusal to seek the balanced evidence that would have prevented you being charged is clearly intent, not just forgetfulness.

James Barnett would be encouraging you to send these police SARs (Subject Access Requests) and seek this information with the backing and added weight of the information commissioner - (who can fine them £1 million)
those lies about it being corrupted/lost or unreadable are such that a judge could (? a long shot of a guess) order the defence solicitor involved (who almost certainly still has the case papers buried in an archive) to hand it over.
Thanks, Patrick. This is something that we may pursue. We need to talk about it together, and maybe get further input through the good folk at FACT. It's partly having the emotional (and physical) energy - in light of our situation, especially re my health - to chase after this thing. A bit selfish, I guess, but there it is.
 

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Thanks, Patrick. This is something that we may pursue. We need to talk about it together, and maybe get further input through the good folk at FACT. It's partly having the emotional (and physical) energy - in light of our situation, especially re my health - to chase after this thing. A bit selfish, I guess, but there it is.
Not at all selfish Roy - we must protect ourselves from an over stressed position due to the PTSD and physical stresses that have already wrecked our lives - it would be utterly foolish to rely on our anger, and what little remaining stamina we can find, to pull us through such a renewed and lengthy process
(that is why I am using James to do all that)
 

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Much appreciated. I'm glad you also recognize the demands this would make on we who have already been irreparably damaged by these wicked events. It is the natural inclination of people whose hearts are inclined to do good to feel guilt because of failing to do enough. It's good to be reminded that the whole world doesn't depend on us.
 
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