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RACHEL TINNISWOOD: False accusers: lowest of the low.

Byline: RACHEL TINNISWOOD

THEY'RE the absolute scum of the earth.

They are the reason I won't leave my bedroom window open when its 39 degrees, the reason I always make my friends phone me when they get in if they're the last in the taxi, and the reason I wouldn't even dream of walking through my estate after dark.

What am I talking about? Rapists. They're nothing short of excuses for human beings, the sickest of men whose private parts I would gladly take a gun to.

But despite being found guilty of rape six years ago and subsequently spending five years in prison, former detective constable David Potter's not one of them.

In fact, he's actually one of the good guys.

After years of hell, David, originally from Huyton, had his conviction for rape quashed this week. Determined to prove his innocence, he, his mother and father, and his solicitor had tracked down a headmaster who was able to provide the evidence which was to vindicate David.

And now, after years of suicidal thoughts, shame, and a loss of freedom, David can take some comfort in the fact that those in his home town at least know he is an innocent man.

His name's been dragged through the mud and his relationship with one of his daughters has broken down. The case has cost him more than his freedom.

His accuser's dignity, however, remains intact.

As I said, men who rape women are the lowest of the low.

But for women who make false claims that they have been raped, the lowest of the low is a position to aspire to.

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INNOCENT: David Potter has had his conviction quashed
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2004
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