That is how it is under British Law, isn’t it? You are innocent until proven guilty. Well it appears you might be wrong to assume that these days.
I was shocked when Michael Le Vell was arrested a couple of years ago on suspicion of some pretty awful crimes. And was also then surprised when he was then released because there was deemed to be insufficient evidence to bring about a prosecution. He had been publicly named, and shamed, and then nothing came of it. Well not publicly.
It seems though that the CPS have continued investigating and last week they decided there was sufficient evidence to charge him.
Right, let’s get this straight. I am not defending anything he may or may not have done. If he is found guilty then that will be evidence of good detective work and perseverance by all those concerned. And justice will have been, quite rightly served. And I sincerely hope his victims get all the support they deserve, and that he serves time in prison.
However, what bothers me. And bothers me greatly is that his bosses at Coronation Street are already finding ways to write him out of story lines. Why?
At this point he is innocent (well in the eyes of the law he is, only he and his alleged victims know if he is actually innocent). He has been charged, yes, but he has not been found guilty. He has been with that show since 1983, giving them some of their highest ratings. Should they not be showing him some support? Maybe not making him a central figure in an explosive story line, but we should at least see him working in his garage on the Street, shouldnt we?
I appreciate that when it comes to trial he might need some time off, with a cleverly written story line, to allow him to defend his actions, and serve time in prison if he is found guilty.
But right now he has not been found guilty of anything. Since when have employers been able to get rid of employees who are defending themselves of crimes?
Again, yes, if he is guilty, sack him, lock him up. But right now he is not. And I think if we allow employers to sack “innocent” people we are at the top of a very slippery slope.
What do you think?