Telegraph: Caught, UK Prosecutors Photoshop Rape into Video

Prosecutors slowed down CCTV in case of commuter cleared of 'bizarre' sex assault on actress

Video led to Mark Pearson being charged with sex assault after walking past woman in busy railway station – but footage had been altered

Editor’s note:  When VT UK correspondent Michael Shrimpton, a noted barrister, was arrested as a nuclear whistleblower, UK prosecutors leveled charges against Shrimpton based on data evidence later found to have been altered, caught by their failure to adjust time stamps.  The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) loaded files onto Shrimpton’s media that didn’t even exist until the “evidence” was already in police hands, something we are finding typical of the UK’s justice system.  As with America, arresting prosecutors for perverting the course of justice seems impossible.

Mark Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station

Mark Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station

Mark Pearson said he had endured a year-long “Kafkaesque nightmare” as a result of the complaintMark Pearson said he had endured a year-long “Kafkaesque nightmare” as a result of the complaint  Photo: ITV/This MorningHe was cleared of “sexually penetrating” the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after a jury rejected claims the crime could have taken place in a brief half-second contact in a busy railway station.

But it can now be disclosed that – to the concern of Mr Pearson’s legal team – the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) supplied original CCTV depicting the alleged assault in an amended format which gave a misleading impression of the incident.

“If we had not taken the steps we had, the CCTV would have been presented to the jury at that amended speed.”
Mark Bagshaw, defence lawyer

Mark Bagshaw, the defence solicitor, said: “The CCTV was served on us in a way in which had been altered.

“The few seconds when my client walked past the alleged victim had been slowed down so it looked like he had more time to commit the alleged actions than he in reality did have.

“Instead of one frame per second it was running at one frame every two seconds.”

Mr Pearson’s legal team was forced to hire a specialist CCTV forensic expert to present the CCTV at the correct speed and then create a storyboard of the incident (see below).

Mr Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:25 Mr Pearson seen carrying a bag and a newspaper on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:20

Mr Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:24 Mr Pearson seen with his right hand on his bag strap on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:24

Mr Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at at 18:40:25 Mr Pearson seen passing the woman on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:25

Mr Pearson seen on CCTV footage recorded at Waterloo Underground Station at 18:40:26 Mr Pearson had passed by the alleged victim by 18:40:26

The changes made in the CPS’s version of the video were critical because the case hinged on whether Mr Pearson could have committed the assault in that amount of time – and the CCTV gave the impression the window was twice as long as it was in reality.

The lawyer said: “Before the trial this storyboard was served to the CPS with a request that they review their decision to go ahead with the prosecution. They went ahead anyway.

“If we had not taken the steps we had, the CCTV would have been presented to the jury at that amended speed.

“In the end, the prosecution did not rely on the CCTV at all, except to show that my client was at the station.

“The jury was only shown the CCTV as part of our case.

“The first time the alleged victim saw the CCTV was in court, and her reaction was ‘That can’t be me in the CCTV’.”

The defendant, who said he had endured a year-long “Kafkaesque nightmare” as a result of the complaint, blamed the CPS for forcing him to endure “mental torture” as a result of the charge.

A jury at Blackfriars Crown Court took 90 minutes to clear Mr Pearson of the charge of “sexual assault by penetration”.

In a three-day trial Mr Bagshaw, defending, said the allegation could not have taken place in the half-second time frame shown on CCTV, especially as Mr Pearson was carrying a newspaper in his left hand – the one he was alleged to have used in the assault – and holding his bag in his right.

Mr Pearson told the court: “I would have had to crouch down, put my hand up the woman’s skirt… penetrate her, take my hand out again… all while holding the newspaper and walking along the concourse.

“It’s preposterous.

“It is against everything I believe in as a human being. I did nothing.”

There were no witnesses, no forensic evidence and the actress failed to pick out Mr Pearson in an identity parade of video images following the alleged incident in December 2014.

The actress, who is in her 60s, was wearing a coat and jacket and a thin dress over “training pants” following a yoga class, the jury heard.

entencing him at Blackfriars Crown Court Judge Aiden Marron QC said Rashid should have been more "prudent" with his glasses

Blackfriars Crown Court in central London  Photo: ALAMY

Mr Pearson, who was traced by police from his Oyster travel card records, said: “‘One of the many frightening aspects is that this could have happened to anyone.

“For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state.

“It is just bizarre.”

He later told ITV’s This Morning programme: “The footage totally contradicts what she was saying.

“I hold the CPS more responsible because we had the CCTV footage analysed by an expert, and the CPS still proceeded with the trial.

“There is something that has gone radically wrong with their processes.”

His partner Carol Ho, 41, said: “None of us believed for a second that he was capable of doing what this woman said.”

The case raises further questions about the CPS’s decision-making insexual assault cases, which has been under intense scrutiny following a series of failures.

The defendant’s solicitor Mr Bagshaw said: “If someone makes a complaint that is daft it is the responsibility of the CPS to bin it.”

A CPS spokesman said: “There was sufficient evidence for this case to proceed to court and progress to trial. We respect the decision of the jury.”

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8 Responses to "Telegraph: Caught, UK Prosecutors Photoshop Rape into Video"

  1. paul becke  February 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    The more crazy the charge accepted by the DPP, the stronger the message not to mess with the intelligence people. A bit like the Porton Down scientist, David Kelly. They wanted people to know they ‘terminated’ him, while pretending that they didn’t.

    A sort low-intensity state terrorism. In the TV programme pointing to them as the culprits, it was made to seem as if they were fearless investigative journalists, but they would have wanted others to think twice before trying to stop the Iraq war. They even had a lawyer speaking about it in hushed accusatory tones, yet showing us a personal, hot-line phone to Dick Cheney that he’d been given!

  2. captain obvious  February 9, 2016 at 5:37 am

    they can sure stop prosecution of REAL pedophile criminals quickly but by all means lets persue someone who can be SHOWN innocent and accuse nonstop..

  3. Beydety  February 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    What chance has the average person have with this shite so easily done? And with impunity.
    The entire Western Political and Justice system needs a reboot to set it right again.

  4. Worker Bee  February 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Wonder what incentive was offered to the actress to go along with this charade?

  5. paul becke  February 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

    ‘“For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state.’

    That would have been the aim all along, Mark. The grand finale-fiasco was simply a refusal to acknowledge guilt.

    It was like the Irish lads innocently imprisoned. The authorities would have know for sure that they were innocent, but it would have engendered fear and hatred against the Irish community, and sent a message to ‘fractious’ Irish nationalists. Job done. It mattered not a jot that they knew the truth would come out later.

  6. paul becke  February 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

    … plus immense tactile spatio-temporall awareness. If not an infra red, anatomical sat-nav system.

  7. paul becke  February 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    … for ‘limbo dancer’, please read, ‘limbo dancer on wheels’… or better still, ‘limbo dancer on a skateboad’.
    … and with a double-jointed, even treble-jointed elbow.

  8. paul becke  February 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    MI5 are all-powerful. Full-stop.

    I wouldn’t care to speculate too discursively on the mechanics of it all, but surely the actress (coincidence ?) would have had to NOT be wearing knickers, and Mark would have had to be more deft, supple, acrobatic and lightning-quick than a cross between a limbo dancer and Speedy Gonzales, considering – for crying out loud – she was walking along in public concourse !!!! Even then she would surely have discounted it as a vagary of the female physiology.

    Sergeants charging a squaddie for being ‘idle on parade’, when slipping on a patch of ice, surely makes a lot more sense

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