Sheffield man serves 18 month sentence due to botched police investigation

The Sheffield Star have a story about Rassam Ali, a 26 year old shop owner originally from Yemen, who suffered a three year nightmare at the hands of South Yorkshire Police:

“Rassam Ali served 18 months in prison and was beaten by other inmates who thought he was a paedophile after a botched police investigation failed to examine a raft of evidence.”

Amongst South Yorkshire Police’s failures during the investigation were:

  • They did not examine CCTV if the night of the alleged incident
  • They failed to interview other business owners around Mr Ali’s premises
  • They didn’t know that the complainant had tried to add Mr Ali as a friend on Facebook before the incident
  • They did not make notes during an interview with another potential complainant

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1 Comment on Sheffield man serves 18 month sentence due to botched police investigation

  1. I have a great deal of sympathy for any person who have been condemned for crimes that they have not committed and like them I have been condemned myself not just once but twice the first for shoplifting in 1984 and second in 2016 where my name was put under the photograph of another man(with a similar name to mine)who had committed a knife point robbery.I have also been wrongfully arrested for a public order offence I used a minor word to defend myself and only after I had been targetted/threatened and abused by a group of men and women in a public place I was as I say arrested and charged punished with a caution rather than having to go to court.THOUGH WHY I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND whilst those responsible have escaped punishment altogether however I have alway’s believed in karma and what goes around comes around and that you don’t get away with the wrongs you do in the end…………..


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