The case against Connor Fitzgerald, 19, collapsed when prosecutors found the messages sent by the woman accusing him of rape
A teenage BT engineer lost his job and spent almost three months in prison after police failed to reveal damning texts sent by his rape accuser that could have freed him.
The case against Connor Fitzgerald collapsed when prosecutors found the messages sent by the woman where she bragged she wanted to ‘ruin’ his life.
Mr Fitzgerald, 19, from South London said his ordeal had been ‘heart-breaking’ and that he was now scared to leave the house, The Sun reports.
The woman who made the accusation, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sent a text to another person saying: ‘I’m not just going to mess up his life, I’m going to ruin it lol’.
It comes after the Metropolitan Police apologised to Liam Allan for failing to provide vital text messages during the 22-year-old’s rape trial, in which he was found not guilty.
Mr Fitzgerald, who worked as an engineer for BT until he was wrongly accused, said it was his brother who had found the crucial texts which cleared his name.
The missing texts also showed the woman saying that she had enjoyed the sex, after she accused him of rape after a night out last June.
The case comes after the Metropolitan Police apologised to Liam Allan (pictured) for failing to provide vital text messages during the 22-year-old’s rape trial, in which he was found not guilty
The case follows that of Mr Allan, a Greenwich University student who received an apology after spending two years on bail accused of rape and sexual assault.
He was acquitted last year after the full file of messages between Mr Allan and the complainant were made available to the prosecution.
A review into the collapsed case found more than 57,000 messages were recovered from the complainant’s phone, but only some were served in evidence.
The messages sent by the woman included one to a friend saying: ‘It wasn’t against my will or anything.’
Police blamed ‘a combination of error, lack of challenge, and lack of knowledge’ for the failure to provide the texts in Mr Allan’s case. The review found there was no evidence that the messages had been withheld deliberately.