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    Rape victim upset? Well, she's smiling on Facebook

    A barrister has caused outrage by suggesting a rape victim could not have been upset by her ordeal because there were photos of her on Facebook looking happy.

    The woman was attacked in 2001 when she was 19 and has since tried to kill herself.

    Her attacker, Anthony Francis, was caught seven years later as a result of a DNA sample.

    His barrister tried to persuade a judge to be lenient by showing pictures posted on the social networking site of the woman laughing and smiling at a fancy dress party in the years since the rape.

    Colin McCarraher, defending, told Reading Crown Court last week: 'What we have is a person who has post traumatic stress but is quite capable of going out and having a good time at a fancy dress party.'

    Mr McCarraher told the court that although he did not know when the images had been taken, they did not tally entirely with someone struggling to rebuild their life.

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    Are you supposed to lock yourself in a cupboard after you have been raped :x

    DLM;3182834

    Are you supposed to lock yourself in a cupboard after you have been raped … Are you supposed to lock yourself in a cupboard after you have been raped :x



    Obviously.......that's outrageous:x

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    The barrister should be struck off immediately in my opinion, he is not in the real world :x

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    lol at ur avi peo, i know what is does but wonder how many people will try that

    Your link is broken; I'm not surprised by this story to be honest.

    :xWhat a disgrace! 7 years later, she shoule be allowed to be happy and get on with enjoying her life! Lawyers can be scumbags.

    WTF cant belive they are allowed to use this as mitigation, I have a rope and a tree in mind.

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    wouldnt be too harsh on the barrister. I admit its wrong to say what he said, but end of the day his job is to defend his client (rightly or wrongly) no matter whatever lame argument he tries to raise.

    Deep down he will know what he is saying is saying is a load of all tosh but he still has to show he is representing his client to the best of his ability.

    2sly;3182958

    wouldnt be too harsh on the barrister. I admit its wrong to say what he … wouldnt be too harsh on the barrister. I admit its wrong to say what he said, but end of the day his job is to defend his client (rightly or wrongly) no matter whatever lame argument he tries to raise. Deep down he will know what he is saying is saying is a load of all tosh but he still has to show he is representing his client to the best of his ability.



    Indeed, :oops:

    That's my thoughts near enough.

    Everyone no matter how despicable is entitled to representation, that underpins our whole system.

    DLM;3182857

    The barrister should be struck off immediately in my opinion, he is not … The barrister should be struck off immediately in my opinion, he is not in the real world :x



    not met many barristers i guess :whistling:

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    teambintip;3183031

    not met many barristers i guess :whistling:



    No, i'm a good girl :whistling:

    DLM;3183038

    No, i'm a good girl :whistling:


    :roll:

    peodude;3182818

    More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... awyer.html



    Has no one noticed that this story is in the Daily Mail.

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    thesaint;3183510

    Has no one noticed that this story is in the Daily Mail.



    I did

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    abomination;3182885

    Your link is broken; I'm not surprised by this story to be honest.



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