Mr Liam Allan is 22 years old, and due to a relationship he had with a girl three years ago, his life will never be the same again.
After he broke off the relationship with the girl, stating she was too emotional, she went to the police accused him of rape. Mr Allan was arrested at his house, taken to the police station and interrogated for six hours.
His trial started two years late, but very quickly fell apart when the police were ordered by the judge to show the phone records. They showed that the girl had sent some 40,000 texts, emails and SMS to Mr Allan, begging him for sex.
Mr Allan had told this to police when they arrested him, but said they didn’t believe him and still took the case to court.
According to the defense lawyer for Mr Allan, police had indeed looked at thousands of phone messages when reviewing evidence in the case, but failed to disclose to the prosecution and defence teams messages between the complainant and her friends which cast doubt on the allegations against Mr Allan.
Prosecution barrister Jerry Hayes accused police of "sheer incompetence" over the case. Before the trial started the defence team had repeatedly asked for the phone messages to be disclosed but was told there was nothing to disclose.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How on earth did it get to this point? For almost two years 22 yr old Liam Allan lived in purgatory awaiting a rape trial- which collapsed yesterday because police failed to reveal evidence proving his innocence. The prosecuting barrister is coming on my <a href="https://twitter.com/bbc5live?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bbc5live</a> show 10am <a href="https://t.co/SNQo3M3QYF">pic.twitter.com/SNQo3M3QYF</a></p>— Emma Barnett (@Emmabarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/Emmabarnett/status/941593453548523520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 15, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Mr Hayes, who demanded the messages to be passed to the defence, said he believed the trial had come about because "everyone is under pressure".
"This is a criminal justice system which is not just creaking, it's about to croak," he said.
The metropolitan police offered their apologies to Mr Allan for the uncertainty he had to face during those two years: "The Met understands the concerns that have been raised as a result of this case being dismissed from court and the ongoing review will seek to address those."
"In November 2017, the police provided more material in the case of Liam Allan. Upon a review of that material, it was decided that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.
"We will now be conducting a management review together with the Metropolitan Police to examine the way in which this case was handled."