My friend is currently a defendant in a criminal case. In my opinion, based on what I know about the case, it's likely the verdict will be 'Not Guilty', and that the evidence is based on faulty testimony. There has been no physical evidence. I'd like to give details, but as an ongoing case, AND due to the nature of the accusations, I won't. Basically, (IMHO) the testimony is based on lies, and the imagination of a young person.
The case has brought tremendous stress, resulting in an impact to their health and financial impact on my friend.
They've been informed that should they be found not-guilty, they can only expect his travel expenses to be reimbursed.
My thoughts are that if they are declared not guilty, then the accusations against them are not true, and thus easily fall foul of Libel laws in the UK, at the very least.
It cannot be right that in a civilised country, a wrongly accused person should be left with only suffering, both in mental and financial hardship terms, from false accusations.
Once they are found not-guilty, what can they do to recover the costs of legally defending themselves, and also to account for the impact to their health?