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James Boyle





12 years

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Judicially Exonerated

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"James Boyle aka Jim Boyle, was wrongly convicted in 2005 of rape and sexual assaulting three children -- two sisters and a boy -- between 1970 and 1976 when Boyle was aged 14 to 20. Boyle's prosecution was based solely on the testimony of his three accusers, and wasn't corroborated by any family member, friend, acquaintance of the three, or any doctor or school official from the time of the alleged assaults. Boyle's defense was the alleged acts didn't occur, and that he believed they were motivated to try and collect criminal injuries compensation he had been awarded as conviction for being viciously beaten by a group of thugs in Glasgow in 1995. After his conviction Boyle was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Boyle's conviction was quashed in 2009 based on the trial judge's error of insinuating to the jury that the witnesses could corroborate the truthfulness of their own testimony. Boyle remained in prison pending the outcome of his retrial. During Boyle's retrial one of the complainants admitted that they planned to ruin his life and career, and their credibility was undercut by contradictions with their testimony during Boyle's 2005 trial. The trial judge gave the proper instructions, and the jury found the charges had not been proven by the prosecution during his retrial. Boyle was released from custody."

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Perjury by Boyle's accusers about non-existent assaults.

Innocence Proved By:

Boyle was released after the jury acquitted him after his retrial.

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"Rutherglen man jailed for crime he did not commit moved to tears by messages of support from former pupils, By Douglas Dickie, Daily Record, June 21, 2016"

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"Rutherglen man who suffered miscarriage of justice hits out at those he believed worked to get him convicted, By Douglas Dickie, Daily Record, March 30, 2016"

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