FixedIt: here’s a headline about what happened in court

As reported by ABC News, The Canberra Times and Nine News, Baptist Pastor Alofa Talouli Masina, 54, was found not guilty of one count of rape and three counts of acts of indecency because of an inaccuracy in the date of the offences. 

The judge said he found the woman, and the three other woman who also testified against Masina, were “credible” and that the charges were proven beyond reasonable doubt, but that they could not have occurred on or around the date listed on the indictment, so he had no choice but to return a not guilty verdict. 

Just in case you were ever wondering whether “not guilty” is the same as “innocent”, particularly in rape cases, where only a minuscule amount (less than 3% of reported rapes)result in a guilty verdict. 

(as usual, if you’re reading this on social media, all links are in the OP on janegilmore.com)

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