Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans in '11 months of hell'

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

First published in News

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans said 'nothing will ever be the same again' after being cleared of a string of sex assaults.

The MP had wept in the dock as he was found not guilty of nine charges after a five week trial at Preston Crown Court.

And in an emotional statement on the steps of the court Mr Evans, 56, spoke of his 'dark and lonely' time going through 'hell' as an accused man.

He said: "As many of you know I have gone through 11 months of hell.

"In my darkest and loneliest times, there were only two or one set of footprints in the sand. Those of you of faith will know, they weren't mine."

The MP said despite being cleared it was not the time for 'celebration or euphoria'.

He said: "Bill Roache just a few weeks ago from this very spot said there are no winners in these cases and that's absolutely right, there are no winners, so no celebrations.

"But the fact is I've got work to do, work that I've done for the past 22 years.

"All I can say is that after the past 11 months that I've gone through, nothing will ever be the same again."

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7:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Doug Spencer says...

Nigel,

Please, Please, Please, use you own experiences and put forward or campaign for a law change so that NO-ONE is named publicly for ANY offence until they have been tried and convicted.

Although glad you have been cleared, have you really? You're career is effectively stalled, your good name has been dragged through the mud and regardless of the verdict, people will still think you "got off" rather than didn't do anything wrong. Many innocent people have lost jobs, homes and families as a result of being publicly identified even when they have been innocent or even worse, when they have been accused of a crime out of spite.
Please use your influence and experience to protect others from trial by media.
Nigel, Please, Please, Please, use you own experiences and put forward or campaign for a law change so that NO-ONE is named publicly for ANY offence until they have been tried and convicted. Although glad you have been cleared, have you really? You're career is effectively stalled, your good name has been dragged through the mud and regardless of the verdict, people will still think you "got off" rather than didn't do anything wrong. Many innocent people have lost jobs, homes and families as a result of being publicly identified even when they have been innocent or even worse, when they have been accused of a crime out of spite. Please use your influence and experience to protect others from trial by media. Doug Spencer
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10:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

JNAMOULDING says...

it's no ones fault of anyone onley Nigel Evans himself for not taking advice from Westminster when he was told to behave himself after male colleagues reported him for making unwelcome sexual advances no doubt it was a jealouse love rival who made the false allegations about him that ended in Court now he expects the taxpayer to pay the legal bill, as for legal aid it was Nigel evans who voted in favour for it to be cut .he says it's cost him 130K does he not know most hard working people would be lucky to have £130 in savings how does he think they would manage if faced with legal fees due to him voting for the legal aid cut's taking away Justice from the working class he obviously only cares for himself''!
it's no ones fault of anyone onley Nigel Evans himself for not taking advice from Westminster when he was told to behave himself after male colleagues reported him for making unwelcome sexual advances no doubt it was a jealouse love rival who made the false allegations about him that ended in Court now he expects the taxpayer to pay the legal bill, as for legal aid it was Nigel evans who voted in favour for it to be cut .he says it's cost him 130K does he not know most hard working people would be lucky to have £130 in savings how does he think they would manage if faced with legal fees due to him voting for the legal aid cut's taking away Justice from the working class he obviously only cares for himself''! JNAMOULDING
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8:01pm Sat 19 Apr 14

glossopkid says...

Doug Spencer wrote:
Nigel,

Please, Please, Please, use you own experiences and put forward or campaign for a law change so that NO-ONE is named publicly for ANY offence until they have been tried and convicted.

Although glad you have been cleared, have you really? You're career is effectively stalled, your good name has been dragged through the mud and regardless of the verdict, people will still think you "got off" rather than didn't do anything wrong. Many innocent people have lost jobs, homes and families as a result of being publicly identified even when they have been innocent or even worse, when they have been accused of a crime out of spite.
Please use your influence and experience to protect others from trial by media.
Your comment is so true and it is totally unfair when people are accused falsely, then being named and shamed in the papers.
I for one will sign any petition to get the cps to follow more stricter guidelines to take cases to court if they weak evidence. Nigel could pay the fees to be represented by a top nosh barrister, many working class people who find themselves in the dock will not have the same privilege.

This case surely showed a witch-hunt in process. Well done to Nigel to fight it,
[quote][p][bold]Doug Spencer[/bold] wrote: Nigel, Please, Please, Please, use you own experiences and put forward or campaign for a law change so that NO-ONE is named publicly for ANY offence until they have been tried and convicted. Although glad you have been cleared, have you really? You're career is effectively stalled, your good name has been dragged through the mud and regardless of the verdict, people will still think you "got off" rather than didn't do anything wrong. Many innocent people have lost jobs, homes and families as a result of being publicly identified even when they have been innocent or even worse, when they have been accused of a crime out of spite. Please use your influence and experience to protect others from trial by media.[/p][/quote]Your comment is so true and it is totally unfair when people are accused falsely, then being named and shamed in the papers. I for one will sign any petition to get the cps to follow more stricter guidelines to take cases to court if they weak evidence. Nigel could pay the fees to be represented by a top nosh barrister, many working class people who find themselves in the dock will not have the same privilege. This case surely showed a witch-hunt in process. Well done to Nigel to fight it, glossopkid
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