I do not ordinarily comment here on any ongoing trial for obvious reasons, but in this particular case I will make an exception, as the following extracts are part of a larger article and are already in the public domain after being reported on and published in the North Wales Daily Post earlier today.
The extracts I have selected and would like to focus on, were presented during the trial of ex-North Wales Police Chief Gordon Anglesea, at Mold Crown Court, by the defending barrister in her summing up:
‘Defending barrister Tania Griffiths QC said that those who told “whopping great lies” knew how to tell them and branded the allegations against her client “ arrant nonsense”.
She warned of the danger of copy cat allegations by people who wanted compensation by making false allegations.
“Absolutely it is an Oscar winning performance and you don’t need me to tell you that”‘.
The jury had been treated over the last six weeks to a smoke screen, she said.
She warned of the danger of contamination of evidence and said that a Bryn Alyn survivor’s web site, which closed down before the trial, had spoke about “all singing from the same hymn sheet” and “sticking together.”
There was talk of compensation, the top 16 abusers named by a number of people, and “similar fact evidence which got John Allen convicted last time”.
There was a risk of contamination at what she called “an Aladdin’s Cave” where people could pick up “a tailor made allegation.”
Which, as anyone who has been following the twists and turns of the long-running story of alleged child abuse in and around North Wales are only too aware of, demonstrate perfectly the difficulties faced by anyone trying to get to the truth of what really happened.
Especially when the events that manage to reach the courts, to even the casual observer …. appear to have been engineered and effectively steered by disgruntled ex-residents, their advocates and any number of faceless ‘Social Justice Warriors’ on the Internet.