Rape case dropped against Oxford Union President Ben Sullivan

Rape case dropped against Oxford Union President Ben Sullivan

Rape case dropped against Oxford Union President Ben Sullivan

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POLICE have confirmed no further action will be taken against the Oxford Union President who was arrested on suspicion of rape and attempted rape.

Ben Sullivan, 21, was arrested in May and bailed until today .

A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said the decision had been made by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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2:45am Thu 19 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Isn't it odd how many cases are 'dropped' - could this be because of apparent Police ineptitude or the power which some indovoduals might hold?
Isn't it odd how many cases are 'dropped' - could this be because of apparent Police ineptitude or the power which some indovoduals might hold? Myron Blatz
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6:03am Thu 19 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Isn't it odd how many cases are 'dropped' - could this be because of apparent Police ineptitude or the power which some indovoduals might hold?
No. It's because this allegation is easy (and totally devastating) to make but requires persuasive evidence to prosecute.
Just like any other offence as it happens.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Isn't it odd how many cases are 'dropped' - could this be because of apparent Police ineptitude or the power which some indovoduals might hold?[/p][/quote]No. It's because this allegation is easy (and totally devastating) to make but requires persuasive evidence to prosecute. Just like any other offence as it happens. Lord Palmerstone
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6:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

But of course the absence of evidence was immaterial to those who withdrew from debates.
But of course the absence of evidence was immaterial to those who withdrew from debates. Lord Palmerstone
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2:53pm Thu 19 Jun 14

tinsel84 says...

Hmm, not sure just how much "persuasive" evidence is required. A few people recently have been sent to prison on virtually no evidence for "historic" crimes, which could never be proven even if they had happened. Crown Court not interested in hearing any evidence from the defence and clear presumption of guilt.

Appeals are pending....watch this space.
Hmm, not sure just how much "persuasive" evidence is required. A few people recently have been sent to prison on virtually no evidence for "historic" crimes, which could never be proven even if they had happened. Crown Court not interested in hearing any evidence from the defence and clear presumption of guilt. Appeals are pending....watch this space. tinsel84
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

tinsel84 wrote:
Hmm, not sure just how much "persuasive" evidence is required. A few people recently have been sent to prison on virtually no evidence for "historic" crimes, which could never be proven even if they had happened. Crown Court not interested in hearing any evidence from the defence and clear presumption of guilt.

Appeals are pending....watch this space.
I sincerely hope so. The savagery with which Clifford was sentenced tells all you need to know. The judiciary knows which way the wind is blowing. Got to get the wimmins' vote , have their political masters. What better way than to remove the rules of corroboration, travel back to a time before half the population was born and Hey ladies! Look at us! We've brought those wicked men to book Don't forget - next May, will you?"
Ad of course the usual suspects, the lefty glitterati, wouldn't come to the Union Debates. CPS will be Son of Satan at West Hampstead dinner parties this weekend.
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Hmm, not sure just how much "persuasive" evidence is required. A few people recently have been sent to prison on virtually no evidence for "historic" crimes, which could never be proven even if they had happened. Crown Court not interested in hearing any evidence from the defence and clear presumption of guilt. Appeals are pending....watch this space.[/p][/quote]I sincerely hope so. The savagery with which Clifford was sentenced tells all you need to know. The judiciary knows which way the wind is blowing. Got to get the wimmins' vote , have their political masters. What better way than to remove the rules of corroboration, travel back to a time before half the population was born and Hey ladies! Look at us! We've brought those wicked men to book Don't forget - next May, will you?" Ad of course the usual suspects, the lefty glitterati, wouldn't come to the Union Debates. CPS will be Son of Satan at West Hampstead dinner parties this weekend. Lord Palmerstone
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