A South African man spent seven years in jail after his daughter claimed that he raped her, but recanted her accusation.
The falsely accused and convicted man known as “S”, reached out to Legal Aid South Africa to take up his appeal. Because Legal Aid dragged their feet on his case, he is now seeking 5.6 million rand (approximately $468,652.80).
S states the only reason Legal Aid took up his case is because the daughter (the one who put him in jail to begin with) lobbied the Legal Aid Board. The court of appeals, needless to say, was not amused by Legal Aid’s nonchalance. Legal Aid’s defense to S’s claims was “we goofed.”
The appeals court, in reviewing the trial court record, pointed out the obvious: the only evidence that convicted S was the word of the daughter, whose story, surprise, surprise, had discrepancies enough for the appellate court to conclude that he should not have been convicted in the first place.