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Raith Rovers launch soccer rapist David Goodwillie simply eight months after he signed for the membership

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By Brian Majoribanks for SportsMail 

Q) Why was the previous Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers and Scotland striker by no means tried in a felony courtroom?

A) Goodwillie and former Dundee United team-mate David Robertson had been accused of raping Denise Clair at a home in Armadale, West Lothian, after an evening out in Bathgate on January 2, 2011. However the Crown stated there was inadequate proof to deliver the case to courtroom and the costs towards Goodwillie had been dropped. Robertson was by no means charged.

Q) What occurred subsequent?

A) Regardless of the stance of the Crown Workplace, the Legal Accidents Compensation Authority decided that Ms Clair had, actually, been raped and awarded her £11,000 — the best doable award.

Q) Was that the top of the authorized course of?

A) No. Ms Clair determined to sue Goodwillie and Robertson in a civil motion in what was the primary civil rape case of its sort in Scotland. Ms Clair sought £500,000 damages from the duo.

Q) What’s the burden of proof in a civil courtroom?

A) The case wanted to be confirmed to a decide on the steadiness of possibilities. In a felony courtroom, a jury must be persuaded of Goodwillie’s guilt past affordable doubt.

Q) What occurred within the civil listening to?

A) The case centred on whether or not Ms Clair was too drunk to offer consent to have intercourse with the gamers. Goodwillie and Robertson admitted having intercourse however stated it was consensual. Witnesses testified to Ms Clair being very drunk when she left a membership with the footballers. Medical and forensic witnesses additionally backed her story. In January 2017, Lord Armstrong, presiding, dominated Ms Clair had been raped and was awarded round £100k in damages.

Q) What was stated in regards to the testimonies of Goodwillie and Ms Clair?

A) Lord Armstrong was crucial of Goodwillie, saying his proof was ‘partial’ and partisan’. He dominated: ‘each defenders took benefit of the pursuer when she was susceptible by an extreme consumption of alcohol and, as a result of her cognitive functioning and decision-making processes had been so impaired, was incapable of giving significant consent; and that they every raped her.’ In distinction, the testimony of Ms Clair was described by Lord Armstrong as: ‘cogent, persuasive and compelling’.

Q) Why did Ms Clair waive her anonymity?

A) In 2013, Ms Clair waived her proper to anonymity to hit out on the justice system. Later after profitable the civil case, she once more informed of her devastation that the rape case had by no means reached the felony courts. She revealed how legal professionals appearing for Goodwillie and Robertson had supplied her as much as £115,000 to drop the case.

Q) Why did Clyde FC signal Goodwillie after the civil case dominated he had raped Ms Clair?

A) Confronted with a backlash when Goodwillie signed for Clyde in March 2017, incoming chairman Norris Innes defended the transfer. He stated the then-League Two membership was ‘looking for to assist somebody when others wish to punish him…there isn’t a optimistic goal or societal acquire in anyway to want in poor health on him and permit his abilities to stagnate and waste.’

Q) What has Goodwillie needed to say in regards to the case?

A) In 2011, he informed The Scotsman it had been: ‘whole and utter hell, the worst moments of my life. It was a darkish time. My life stopped after the accusation was made. It is the top of the world when one thing like that occurs to you.’ Goodwillie was declared bankrupt in 2019.

Q) Has David Goodwillie ever publicly acknowledged his guilt?

A) No. However he declined to enchantment the civil case ruling within the Supreme Court docket.


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