The story of the acquittal of Michael Le Vell on the gravest charges a man can face short of murder was all over the media this week; an analysis of what really happened can be found on this site
; if the overpaid lawyers of the Clown Prosecution Service had carried out a proper investigation, we could have been spared a trial and everything that went with it.
Mr Le Vell is the third member of the cast of Coronation Street
to stand trial on sex charges. Three months ago, temporary member Andrew Lancel
was cleared at Liverpool Crown Court, and for those with really long memories, in July 1983, Peter Adamson was cleared of indecently assaulting two 8 year old girls at a swimming baths.
Because it is not possible in the UK to libel the dead, it should be pointed out that the main reason Adamson was acquitted was because the two police officers who had allegedly witnessed subsequent assaults lied under oath. They claimed to have written their witness statements independently when they had obviously not done so. If they had admitted this, Adamson's counsel George Carmen QC could have cried foul over their colluding, but the jury would probably have believed their evidence.
At the present time yet another member of the Coronation Street
cast is on bail for rape. William Roache
will stand trial in January for alleged offences dating back to 1967.
Although Craig Charles also stood trial for rape after being fitted up
back in the 1990s, he did not join the cast until 2005.
Meanwhile in the same soap, a killer has been exposed, the layabout and increasing psychopathic Karl is now firmly in the frame for starting the fire at the local watering hole which led to the deaths of two women, one of whom he murdered in her hospital bed while at the same time he framed her for arson.
Over in Emmerdale
, serial killer Cameron has been found out by his mistress - the current and previous one. The lady mechanic and garage owner already knows about murder number one, she has just heard a mobile phone recording of murder number three, and after an uncharacteristic application of what little intelligence she has, she also has an inkling about number two, for which a local farm worker is the prime suspect.
The big question now is having seen the light, can she extract a confession from him for plod without him realising what is going on and making her victim number four?
Finally, there have been no murders over in EastEnders
for a while, but that might change if new local villain Carl needs to keep Phil Mitchell's suspicious former lover's mouth shut. As he has already endangered his own life and put Mitchell in hospital by crashing a car in a bizarre but currently successful attempt to frame a love rival, wringing Shirley's scrawny neck will not be much of a challenge, once he gets his arm out of that sling, that is.