Jury acquits radio DJ of sex charges

Oxford Mail: Emma Stanfield Emma Stanfield

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has walked free from Oxford Crown Court after being unanimously cleared yesterday of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

The 40-year-old Radio Cherwell presenter and Strictly Oxford contestant, above, was accused of knowing a 15-year-old girl was under the age of consent when they had sex in May of last year.

But it took just one hour and 40 minutes for a jury to return not guilty verdicts for all four charges against her after a three-day trial at Oxford Crown Court.

After the hearing a relieved Miss Stanfield, of Chapel Street, East Oxford, said the case had a “hugely damaging” effect on her life but she had been confident she would be cleared.

She said: “It is not very nice to have your private life made public in front of a huge amount of people, not just in the court but in the media as well.”

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9:16am Fri 18 Apr 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

So once again an innocent, as proven by the courts, person has been subjected to speculation from and named by media outlets and then cleared of all charges only to be left suffering the consequences of being named before and during the trial. Until proven guilt is established nobody man or woman should be named in cases such as these before or during any trial, alleged victims are protected but the accused can often become the victim after being cleared, mud sticks if you throw enough of it.
So once again an innocent, as proven by the courts, person has been subjected to speculation from and named by media outlets and then cleared of all charges only to be left suffering the consequences of being named before and during the trial. Until proven guilt is established nobody man or woman should be named in cases such as these before or during any trial, alleged victims are protected but the accused can often become the victim after being cleared, mud sticks if you throw enough of it. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -1

11:08am Fri 18 Apr 14

kaiser786 says...

As we are living in a socity dominated by the media and press its not surprising that alleged victims do get protected and the sympathy but the accused man or woman go through all the shame and bad reputation until proven guilty or not guilty . This trauma doesn't end there , even after proven innocent the basic trust in humanity is not the same . And then there is another side to it , what about the true victims who just go quietly day to day baring the pain and thinking what if no one believes us . The question here is who is to blame the disturbed youngsters, the attention seekers,the actual monsters who sink this low and play with people's lives or this system ? There are thousands of us who one way or another are being or have been effected emotionaly these criminals and by criminals I dont just mean people committing these crimes but also those who wrongly accuse innocent people and turn thiere lives upside down just because they can and we do not take time to understand or atleast try to see both sodes of the picture before acting like sheeps and following the crowed even if its wrong in reality .
As we are living in a socity dominated by the media and press its not surprising that alleged victims do get protected and the sympathy but the accused man or woman go through all the shame and bad reputation until proven guilty or not guilty . This trauma doesn't end there , even after proven innocent the basic trust in humanity is not the same . And then there is another side to it , what about the true victims who just go quietly day to day baring the pain and thinking what if no one believes us . The question here is who is to blame the disturbed youngsters, the attention seekers,the actual monsters who sink this low and play with people's lives or this system ? There are thousands of us who one way or another are being or have been effected emotionaly these criminals and by criminals I dont just mean people committing these crimes but also those who wrongly accuse innocent people and turn thiere lives upside down just because they can and we do not take time to understand or atleast try to see both sodes of the picture before acting like sheeps and following the crowed even if its wrong in reality . kaiser786
  • Score: 11

3:24am Sun 27 Apr 14

the_badger says...

She may well have been found not guilty of knowing the young girl was under the age of consent, but the fact remained she illegally plied the young girl with alcohol and gave her cigarettes in order to gain sexual favours. It is even more disgusting when seen as it is - a woman aggressively pursuing a girl young enough to be her grand-daughter. Her perverseness obviously has no limits. She should never be allowed to work with children again.
She may well have been found not guilty of knowing the young girl was under the age of consent, but the fact remained she illegally plied the young girl with alcohol and gave her cigarettes in order to gain sexual favours. It is even more disgusting when seen as it is - a woman aggressively pursuing a girl young enough to be her grand-daughter. Her perverseness obviously has no limits. She should never be allowed to work with children again. the_badger
  • Score: 11

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