John is a male victim of domestic violence. He was mentioned on this blog back in June 2011 to attempt to highlight the issues faced by officers who may be the subject of violence against them. John is still fighting to get justice and is awaiting his latest submission to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) to see whether they will agree that the case should go back to the appeal court.
I now know John through a friend of a friend. He has decided to try and publicise his plight through the medium of the internet and has built a new website called www.abusedtotheaccused.co.uk. In time he will populate it with updates not only about the criminal court process but also about the consequences of the conviction namely his loss of house, his loss of job and the lack of access to his children. His case is a tragedy. Not only was he abused by his wife but he was prosecuted rather than investigated. Had he been investigated then evidence would have been presented to the court which would have shown him to be a victim trying to defend himself rather than an aggressor. That evidence has now been made available to the CCRC.
I know how much effort has been put into his appeal by John and a former Federation Representative and I wish him luck in his venture. It just goes to show just how precarious your position as a police officer is. John relied upon a number of factors which he thought would protect him should an unwarranted and malicious allegation be made against him. How wrong he was…….. but that is his story to tell!