Naive confidence


A week before the trial, I booked my husband and I a holiday for a month after the trial. Whilst Harry was frightened that it might go wrong and the jury might believe her, I convinced him that we had a really strong case and with all the witnesses we had found he would be fine. I again reminded him to just tell the truth and her lies would be found out.

I sat there naively booking a cruise and hotels so we could make a lovely week of it. Whilst I researched the restaurants on board, I picked an itinery with upgrades so I could make sure my husband had the best experience he could to try to compensate for the pain he had endured for the last nearly 2 years. Whilst I privately knew that my husband wasn't really interested in what I was planning as every waking moment he was engulfed in his thoughts of the trial, I pressed on in the absolute belief this would be over soon.

My naive confidence came from a complete lack of understanding that someone can be convicted on the word of one person with no actual evidence. I never once thought that 10+ defence witnesses would not be believed. Harry had done an amazing job tracking down employers, neighbours and friends from 40 years ago and we had a witness effectively for each of the periods or places covered in the charges. Whilst his witnesses obviously couldn't state they were with Harry every minute of every day for the relevant periods - which were often as imprecise as an unknown date within a 2-3 year period - thus removing all possibility that he may have been alone with the accuser, they were able to state that the way she remembered certain details was wrong and they were able to explain what they remembered which contradicted what she was stating. I therefore was very confident that we had a strong case and he would be acquitted.


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