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Sir Richard Henriques (C 57-61): The Cost of Innocence

7 Oct 2023
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Image: Stephen Fildes/BBC
Image: Stephen Fildes/BBC

Former High Court Justice of England and Wales Sir Richard Henriques, who attended Bradfield in the fifties, speaks out in a BBC one documentary titled 'The Cost of Innocence' about the physical, mental, emotional and financial toll that people wrongly accused of a crime face.

Sir Richard was quoted on the BBC as saying 'As soon as they find some evidence that tends to support an allegation, a charge follows and the investigative process ceases - that is wrong' following his damning report that heavily criticises the handling of false sexual abuse accusations against prominent people by the Metropolitan Police.

The programme makes the point that in the British judicial system, people accused of crimes are not given currently given the protection that they deserve. So, even when acquitted by a jury, this merely proves that they have not been found to be guilty as opposed to being proven innocent.

To learn more read the BBC article and watch 'The Cost of Innocence' on BBC iPlayer.

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