Man wrongly jailed for rape after cops missed vital Facebook evidence slams police

Danny Kay spent two years in prison over the sexual assault – only released when his family managed to find deleted social media messages that proved his innocence.

Speaking in a BBC Panorama investigation, Danny said he had repeatedly told police that messages given to them by his accuser were not the full conversation – with one example making it appear that he apologised for raping the woman.

Speaking as part of the investigation, which will be aired tonight, the young man said: "From the moment I was arrested the police confiscated my mobile and my laptop. They took all my details for social media so they had the means to go through it.

"I don’t believe they tried to find the truth. I believe they wanted me to be, to be guilty and they tried to find me guilty."

It wasn't until Danny's family found archived messages that proved he had been apologising to the woman when she asked why he had seemingly been ignoring him – and not for raping her – that the case was overturned.

The 26-year-old said he had been left feeling let down by the justice system.

He said: "I don't believe I will be able to get my life where it could have been."

The investigation, headed by journalist Katie Razzall, examines the cases of three individuals who believe they were failed by the justice system.

Other cases include that of Clive Steer, who was investigated over bribery claims – despite the businessman constantly maintaining he was innocent and that it would be proved thanks to emails on his laptop.

The case was ultimately dropped after the prosecution was shown the emails.

Alison Saunders, the outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions, spoke out during the investigation, telling the BBC reporter: "There have been cases where we have certainly not done what we should have done as early as we should.

"I think there’s been lots of efforts to deal with it before and there’s been lots of improvements that have been made."

Critics believe Saunders is stepping down after several botched CPS investigations at the taxpayers' expense.

Pressure grew after a rape case against student Liam Allan, 22, was thrown out when it emerged police sat on 40,000 texts from his accuser.

Derbyshire Police told the programme that using only the complainant’s Facebook messages was a proportionate response and that its investigation into Danny wasn’t criticised by the Court of Appeal.

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