I don’t believe Sharon Collins is guilty.
I think the conviction is wrong. I think it’s a set-up.
In my opinion, somebody staged this to make Sharon Collins look guilty, and I think what we have witnessed is a miscarriage of justice.
I think the whole thing stinks, and the sooner there’s a re-trial the better.
Somebody deserves to be in jail, but that person isn’t Sharon Collins.
I have a fairly strong alternative hypothesis regarding what really happened in this case, but if I published it here I’d get sued for defamation, and who wants that?
The more I think about this case, the more worried I am at the trend developing in Irish criminal cases. It seems that juries have been watching too much CSI on the television, and it seems they feel the need to convict someone. Anyone. Of course, it doesn’t help when some of the jury members, as in this case, are under pressure to make sure they don’t miss the pre-booked familiy holiday. What a way to run a justice system!
Is it that hard to understand the idea of proof beyond reasonable doubt? Do juries find it that hard to understand that if there’s any credible alternative explanation they must acquit, no matter how likely it is that the defendant is guilty?
Why do I keep saying these things? Is it to protect criminals?
It’s to protect you and me.
It’s to prevent people being imprisoned because they look shifty, or because there’s every chance they did it. That’s not good enough. The test is that the case must be proven beyond reasonable doubt, and if there’s any other reasonable interpretation of the facts, then they must be acquitted. They must be released, though we all think they’re probably guilty. Otherwise, you and I are in danger of being imprisoned on the accusation of unaccountable police.
The case against Sharon Collins is full of holes and today, I’m afraid, yet again, we’ve seen somebody convicted on the balance of probabilities, and not on rigorous proof.
It would be a terrible pity if someone went to prison because jury members were afraid they’d miss their foreign holiday.