Nick Freeman has been calling for some time to effect a change in the law regarding anonymity for defendants in sex cases.
It has long been his contention that there is no equality between the alleged victim and the alleged defendant. In today’s society just a mere hint of a somebody appearing in the dock for a sexual offence can spark ugly public reprisals, even if the allegations later prove to be false.
And that is the real issue here. With the stigma surrounding allegations of sexual offences many defendants are finding their lives made unbearable just by the allegation being made. It is a cornerstone of British justice that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty and that a sex offender should only be declared as one following a conviction.
Please find the interview below.