Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Innocent soldier branded a paedophile

I would expect all paedophiles to be treated in the same manner regardless of colour, religion or cult, but today’s story in one of the larger rags had me seething.

Michael Bennett, an ex-soldier of nine years who served in the Bosnian conflict - which I prefer to call Serbia; don’t even get me started on that one! - who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was wrongly accused of being a paedophile and ordered to leave the home he had shared with his partner of six years and her three children after police received a malicious phone call from someone who had mixed him up with another local man.

According to reports, the police acted on the information and, without even checking the facts, reported him to social services. It was only after Mr Bennett lodged a complaint that the police checked into Mr Bennett’s background and found he had no criminal record and was not a danger to children.

Not only has this man had to suffer the horrors of the Islamic take-over in Serbia, he has also had to suffer abuse in the streets, found his pet cat dead and had bricks thrown at his door.

The response to Mr Bennett’s complaint is laughable. A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said “An internal enquiry took place and was investigated and upheld. As a result, training and advice have been provided to staff”.

Is that it? After suffering months of abuse is that all they have to say, that lessons have been learned?

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