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Fear of further false accusations

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    I was hoping someone there might be able to suggest a course of action for the following situation:

    A friend of mine fell out with me in April 2019. She suggested Iíd acted inappropriately during a night out, which was absolutely untrue. Itís totally against my character, and it was refuted by mutual friends who were there, and subsequently by her, according to others.

    I was very upset and confused as to why it had happened, as it seemed to have been on a whim, but after attempting to reconcile for seven months, which involved sending a total of six texts and one letter, I gave up. Friends suggested I make more of a concerted effort to talk to her in person, but I felt the situation was unpredictable and possibly dangerous.

    We were part of a small social group, and she continued to come to events where she would conspicuously shun me, which I found very awkward and upsetting. I stopped going to group activities in December as a result. And in March 2020 at the beginning of Lockdown, when a WhatsApp group was set up with all of us on it, I decided to leave the group entirely. It was all too weird. I made it clear why I was leaving.

    In July 2020 I was arrested for stalking and criminal damage. Police came to my door in force at 11.30pm. In view of my neighbours I was put in the back of a car and taken to the station. I had my phone confiscated and I was put in a cell and left there until the following evening. I learned that the police had mistakenly gone to my motherís house first, causing her much distress, and I never got my phone call to tell her I was ok either.

    I was informed that my flat and car were being searched, and computers and iPads and hard drives had been taken for forensic investigation. I was finger printed, photographed and swabbed.

    The next day I was interviewed. It transpired that Emily had accused me of stalking based on the following:

    1: In early June she had filmed me Ďloiteringí outside her place of work. In actuality I was at a frequently used meeting place in Warwick town centre, some 110ft from her place of work. Weeks later, when I had retrieved my phone, I was able to provide the police with a text conversation showing who I was meeting there. When and why.

    2: In mid June sheíd filmed me Ďloiteringí outside her house. In actuality I was parked 435ft from her flat, in a space I use frequently when buying chips from my closest chip shop. I actually saw her filming me on this occasion, which freaked me out. I was able to provide the police with text conversations Iíd had concerning it.

    3: She was claiming in February Iíd smashed the window on her car and left a nail propped up on one of the tyres. Iíve never shown any animosity towards her at all, and the only reason she could possibly have for accusing me, is because of how unreasonably sheíd treated me last year. Luckily I was able to provide the police with texts showing I was out with friends that night, which also happened to be the night of Storm Ciera, which caused a lot of damage in our area. I remembered the photo they showed me of the damage had a road sign and a large branch on the ground next to the car. The nail? Iím inclined to think she did that to make the window look like vandalism.

    So after a month of being completely freaked out and depressed and not being able to work because my equipment had been confiscated, which caused my employer to lose a potential client, the police dropped the charges.

    Obviously this is a simplified account, but the whole situation is incredibly well documented. I can account for myself completely. Iím certain she wonít be able to supply one piece of genuine and reasonable evidence or testimony to suggest Iíve ever even been inappropriate or disrespectful, even in the face of baffling vindictiveness. And Iíve never done anything that could be considered harassment.

    But I donít feel Iím able to go into my home town now without wondering if Iím being filmed. I want a chance to put my side of the story on record, for my own protection.

    I am sympathetic to whatever her issues might be, as I had once considered us good friends. But unfortunately, I canít afford to let this escalate.

    I think I need to take some kind of official action, and I was hoping someone there might be able to suggest a course of action. This is my first experience with any aspect of the law, so would appreciate any help.

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    Duplicate thread


    • #3

      If the police have done nothing beyond questioning you, it is open to you to make a private prosecution for perverting the course of justice.

      It is not necessarily a straightforward process and you will probably need legal assistance


      • #4
        Thanks for replying.

        I have no problem with paying for legal help. But I have no experience with this type of thing, and no idea how to look for or approach an appropriate solicitor. Iíve contacted a few, randomly based on their location, but they all want hundreds of pounds before theyíll even tell me if this is something they deal with, or are any good at. And I donít know the appropriate phraseology when googling.


        • #5
          Solicitors are not cheap remember they have expenses, staff to pay and rent, etc. But if I was in your situation that would be the best advice given.
          Please change password


          • #6
            So Google "private prosecution for perverting the course of justice" and take pot luck.

            I can't recommend any one particular solicitor, but you could cross reference with our sister site ,https://justbeagle.com/

            Article here about procedure and costings https://forrestwilliamssolicitors.co...secution-cost/


            • #7
              Thanks for your help


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