Wrongly accused: Jailed dad given £50,000 compensation after being wrongly jailed for kidnapping his own child … story in the SUNDAY MIRROR
James Cooper spent six months in prison after being wrongly accused of kidnap
Police awarded damages after it emerged police failed to download phone messages that cleared him
James Cooper came to Featureworld with a shocking story. The dad of one spent six months on remand in jail after being wrongly accused of kidnapping his won daughter. He has now been awarded £50,000 damages by police.
His case was only thrown out after it emerged police failed to download 1200 text messages which proved his innocence.
He was arrested when his ex partner Gemma called police after a row and said he had taken their daughter.
She later provided a witness statement to police saying she had full custody.
But James told police he was with their child on a pre-arranged date and asked detectives to check messages to confirm it.
However, they failed to look at his phone. Instead James was charged with kidnap and remanded in prison.
There, James, who lost his job and did not see his daughter, was so distraught he tried to kill himself.
However at court lawyer provided the 1200 Whatsapp messages proving everything James said.
Two police officers have since been disciplined for misconduct.
Devastated James is now trying to rebuild his life.
He wanted to speak out to ensure this doesn’t happen to any other man. He said: ‘As a dad I feel discriminated against. What a mother says is apparently to be believed more than a father. The Police put me through hell.’
I placed James’ story in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.
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