Charlie Elphicke is not the alleged “Tory rapist” who’s currently still a member of Parliament although barred from participating in debates.
That matter has yet to be concluded.
But his two-year sentence for sexually assaulting two women reveals several damning truths about the UK’s justice system and how it cushions convictions against the privileged few.
Here’s the story:
Ex-Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting two women.Elphicke, 49, the former MP for Dover, was convicted of groping the women in similar situations, nine years apart.He denied the charges, but was found guilty of one count of sexual assault in 2007 and two further counts in 2016, after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.The judge told Elphicke he was a “sexual predator who used your success and respectability as a cover”.Within minutes of his jailing, Elphicke confirmed he would appeal against his conviction, arguing he had not had a “fair trial”.
That’s the official view. Now let’s hand over to people on Twitter who know far more about this subject than I do. Firstly:
This isn't even the alleged #ToryRapist who we are waiting to hear about.
The serious crime rate for Tory MPs and staff is higher than you'd expect from a proper profession. I suspect a wide berth from the police and whips 'managing' just encourages ithttps://t.co/iAJQf9okym
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) September 15, 2020
He’s not the #ToryRapist, as stated at the top of this article. But the Conservative whips knew about him.
He is described in the so-called “dodgy dossier” of Conservative MPs with unsavoury sexual histories as: “Charlie Elphicke: inappropriate with female researchers.”
That’s an interesting euphemism to describe a man who had already committed sex crimes against two such researchers by the time the dossier became public knowledge in 2017.
This information should have been enough to put everybody in the Tory whips’ office at the time – along with then-prime minister Theresa May – right in the dock with Elphicke as accessories.
But that didn’t happen because they are above the law.
Breaking: Former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke jailed for 2 years after being convicted of three counts of sexual assault against two women
"You are a sexual predator who used your success and respectability as cover" judge tells him
— Ben Quinn (@BenQuinn75) September 15, 2020
Yes: he used his success and respectability as a cover – exactly the same success and respectability that keeps his former Parliamentary colleagues from being investigated.
Elphicke himself was given a two-year custodial sentence, meaning he’ll serve 12 months unless he disgraces himself in prison somehow.
And to what kind of prison is he being sent – while he appeals against that sentence?
Charlie Elphicke has been jailed for two years for sexual assault. Watch him get it overturned on appeal or end up in an open prison or it reduced to a fine or community service. The establishment protect its own. The Sun and Mail usually scream for tough sentences so lets see..
— Virgosam (@virgosam70) September 15, 2020
Contrast that with the life sentence that he handed down to the women he sexually assaulted. Their statements make horrific reading:
Reading about the Charlie Elphicke hearing today simply makes me very sad.
— KateMaltby (@KateMaltby) September 15, 2020
You can click on the images for the statements but let’s save you the bother.
According to Prosecutor Eloise Marshall QC, the first victim had a “significantly increased sense of caution” when coming into contact with men, including taxi drivers and butchers.
“The logical part of my brain is telling me to be polite to them but the emotional side is making me stressed.”
[This went] even to the extent that when the (police) officers came to take an account from her, she found it difficult to be alone with them.
She says she avoided being alone with men in general.
The second victim said in her impact statement, “I still remember how he made me feel, I still know those feelings of fear and helplessness.
“I do believe as a result of what happened, it changed how I perceived myself.
“Because of his acts, he stole a large part of my self-worth and self-esteem.
“My inner scars will always be there.”
There is one small element of poetic justice in this story, though: Elphicke voted to restrict the provision of legal aid, and then fell foul of the new restrictions.
— Women's Equality Party (@WEP_UK) September 15, 2020
At the time, he probably expected the change to affect only poor people, who need legal aid to have access to the justice system; without it, they can’t challenge the privileged few.
He didn’t realise that he was giving away his house as well.
Not to mention his liberty.
But then, it wouldn’t have happened if he could have kept his hands to himself.
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