Connor Fitzgerald lost his job and spent three months in prison after he was accused of rape by a woman who told him: “Well I’ll see you in court”
Other messages sent to 19-year-old Connor Fitzgerald – who said his life has been ‘ruined’ – read: ‘If I can’t have you, no-one can.’
Charges were dropped only last week against the teenager when it emerged that the complainant, who is entitled to lifelong anonymity, had sent the texts threatening to destroy him.
One of the messages read: ‘I’m not just going to mess up his life, I’m going to ruin it lol [laugh out loud].’
Another read: ‘I’ll see you in court’.
Fitzgerald, from South Norwood, south London, now plans to sue the police and CPS.
He told The Sun: ‘It’s been heartbreaking. It felt like I was guilty until proven innocent. My life has been ruined. I’m scared to even leave the house because everyone thinks I’m a rapist.’
The missing texts also showed the woman saying that she had enjoyed the sex.
“I feel ashamed even though I’ve not done anything. It’s nasty,” Conor revealed. “I honestly think that if my brother hadn’t found those texts and made the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) aware, I would have ended up in prison for 12 years or more.”
“The police are not securing enough rape convictions and because of that they are far too keen to go ahead with prosecutions that are flimsy at most.”
Shockingly, however, Conor is not the first man to have had rape allegations against him dropped because of text messages.