Mr Justice Tugendhat, sitting with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Silber, concluded his conviction was "unsafe", after a report from the Criminal Cases Review Commission.If it is doubtful that any attack took place at all then quite clearly there could not have been any physical evidence that passed the "beyond reasonable doubt" standard in the first place. The wrongfully imprisoned man, Mr Warren Blackwell (naturally the bogus accusers name is not public as Mr Blackwell's is), was married, had a stable job so it isn't even as though he fitted the profile of a violent sex attacker.
The commission referred to new evidence which gave rise to a "very real doubt" over whether the complainant was a victim of any assault at all..
In short on the basis of no good evidence the CPS in Northants decided to prosecute someone and the Crown Court managed to jail him on the basis of that non existant evidence. Will anyone in the Prosecution or Court services pay any penalty whatsoever for wrecking somebody's life for 7 years because of their inadequacy? Of course not, at most they will make a bland declaration that "lessons must be learnt" and carry on as before. Still he was luckier than this man.