Worcester man cleared of rape

Malvern Gazette: Man cleared of rape Man cleared of rape

There were screams from the public gallery when a 25-year-old Worcester engineer was cleared of rape.

A jury, reduced to 11 because of illness, returned a unanimous not guilty verdict on Simon Walters-Melville, of Tolladine Road.

At a previous trial, a jury was unable to reach a verdict on Walters-Melville, then living in Winslow View, Winslow, Bromyard.

The prosecution alleged that he had taken advantage of a 25-year-old woman who was so drunk that she was unable to consent to sex.

The couple had met in March last year after drinking at various night spots in Worcester. They had shared a taxi to the woman's home and shared a bottle of wine.

The woman complained to police that she awoke in the lounge find Walters-Melville on top of her having intercourse. She fled upstairs and telephoned a friend and then her mother.

Walters-Melville, a man of no previous convictions, said the woman kissed him and sat astride him before they had sex. He could have fled the house but was waiting for police when they arrived and opened the door. He claimed that she panicked after regretting sex.

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3:52pm Fri 11 Jan 13

spider666 says...

This kind of story really winds me up ---this man has been found NOT GUILTY by a court of law but was allowed to be named even before the court case had finished yet the woman who now according to the eyes of the law was not believed is remaining nameless---how is this right ?--Both parties should remain nameless until someone is found guilty,whether that is rape or lying to get someone charged with rape.
This kind of story really winds me up ---this man has been found NOT GUILTY by a court of law but was allowed to be named even before the court case had finished yet the woman who now according to the eyes of the law was not believed is remaining nameless---how is this right ?--Both parties should remain nameless until someone is found guilty,whether that is rape or lying to get someone charged with rape. spider666
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4:30pm Fri 11 Jan 13

ali0268 says...

spider666 wrote:
This kind of story really winds me up ---this man has been found NOT GUILTY by a court of law but was allowed to be named even before the court case had finished yet the woman who now according to the eyes of the law was not believed is remaining nameless---how is this right ?--Both parties should remain nameless until someone is found guilty,whether that is rape or lying to get someone charged with rape.
couldn`t agree with you more spider666
[quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: This kind of story really winds me up ---this man has been found NOT GUILTY by a court of law but was allowed to be named even before the court case had finished yet the woman who now according to the eyes of the law was not believed is remaining nameless---how is this right ?--Both parties should remain nameless until someone is found guilty,whether that is rape or lying to get someone charged with rape.[/p][/quote]couldn`t agree with you more spider666 ali0268
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6:46pm Fri 11 Jan 13

lizzyloolah says...

On the upside, gossip and rumour would have named him locally anyway, so, at least now he has been vindicated publically.
On the upside, gossip and rumour would have named him locally anyway, so, at least now he has been vindicated publically. lizzyloolah
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