February 9, 1995: Businessman Owen Oyston is arrested at his Preston home.
This is a complicated one. The charismatic Oyston was a self-made multimillionaire, and although a married man he liked women. Much younger women.
Although he is not at all like Donald Trump, check out his entry to understand why men of a certain type attract false allegations galore.
By and large, Oyston avoided those, but he was convicted of raping a teenage girl, a conviction that looked and still looks dodgy two decades on. All the same, his case would not have been included here if there hadnít been a lot more to it.
This article by Andrew Rosthorn was published in 1997.
This is an extract from Hansard. Lord Campbell-Savours who raised Oystonís case in the House, has done some sterling work on false rape allegations, including the Warren Blackwell case (see also entry for January 1, 1999).
This lengthy article by Roger Rosewell was lifted from the archive of The Spectator wherein it is dated August 30, 1997. This is an essential read because it also covers the allegations against Oyston that were dismissed. Of course, for the true believers this does not mean they never happened. Sadly, this is the way British justice - once arguably the finest in the world - has been perverted since the 1970s. The situation is even worse in the Twenty-First Century.
Finally, here is a civil judgment; his unnamed accuser claimed to have been forced to perform oral sex in a car before being vaginally raped at his home. She did nothing at the time, reported him two years later, and could be no more specific about the date than it happened some time betwen Easter and October 1992. The jury swallowed this, and so did the Court of Appeal. Seriously?
When someone like Owen Oyston is convicted of a serious crime, this is presented to the nation and the world as proof that no one is above the law, be they ever so rich or famous. The reality is often different. I have no doubt at all that in this case, if Oyston had been an ordinary working man or even an ordinary professional person, he would not have been convicted, though in a way he was lucky, because as in Operation Yewtree and other scandalous trawls, he might have been faced with a dozen false accusers who could have put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
(I have corrected one obvious spelling mistake in the Rosthorn article. The Rosewell article contained a lot of hyphenated words due to poor formatting when converting to HTML; I have edited these out. I also italicised Police Review thus, but have not edited the text of either in any meaningful way).
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