Cleared by a court,
but the 'rapist' slur lingers long after
By Robert Verkaik, Legal Affairs Correspondent The Independent
12 January 2001
Nicholas Buoy may have been cleared of rape but when
he stood on the court steps last year there were none of
the usual celebrations.
Instead, Mr Buoy, a Cambridge University rugby blue
and former Millfield pupil, spoke of being tainted by the
false accusation made against him. "I realise, as should
everyone, that there are no winners in a case such as
this," he said. "My future has been blighted by this case."
Although he was acquitted, Mr Buoy, 24, knows that
the slur of being branded an alleged rapist will linger
longer in the memory than the actual verdict. In the
months to come, there will be those who still point the
Nicholas Buoy had to endure a 12-month wait before
the trial, while the shadow of the charge hung over him.
In court, his name and private life was dragged through
the mud, but the jury found him not guilty of rape and
indecent assault after hearing the evidence amounted to
his own drink-befuddled memories of the night in
question and the contrasting, but similarly affected
recollections of his accuser.
The court was told that Mr Buoy and his alleged victim
had drunk large quantities of alcohol at a party
organised by graduates from Homerton College,
Cambridge. The woman claimed that she went to a
bedroom to lie down where another person, whom she
identified as Mr Buoy, collapsed beside her in a stupor.
She said it was there that she was raped.In reply to the
allegations Mr Buoy said the last he could remember
was going upstairs to the lavatory, going into a bedroom
and talking to some people. "I have no recollection of
what went on after that," he said.
A newly qualified PE teacher, Mr Buoy should be
looking forward to the beginning of his career. Instead,
he faces a battle to rebuild his reputation.
In contrast, his accuser, a teacher, 28, from West
Sussex, can move on with her life, her privacy and
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