Two evangelical Christian street preachers have been cleared of all charges after they were arrested in Basildon and Hereford respectively, Christian Concern reports.
Rob Hughes was arrested in Basildon on 4 September last year after a confrontation with a member of the public who wrongly accused him of using homophobic and offensive language. Despite clear evidence to the contrary, Rob was arrested by police and held in custody for 11 hours. During this time he was interviewed, a DNA sample was taken as well as his finger prints and a mug shot. Rob was finally released just before midnight after police said they wouldn’t press charges due to insufficient evidence. Rob has now received £2,500 and a contribution towards his legal fees for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights as part of an out-of-court settlement.
Andrew Geuter was arrested in Hereford on 23 April this year following a complaint made by a member of the public who wrongly accused him of making homophobic comments. Having spent 5 hours in police custody, Andrew was released on conditional bail. The police later informed him that they would not take further action again due to insufficient evidence.
Frivolous and unfounded accusations of “homophobia” are the preferred strategy of the homo-lobby to silence their critics. Even though in most cases the victims are released from police custody and all charges are dismissed, this small-scale terrorism often is successful because it intimidates people and undermines their reputation. The false accusers, by contrast, never seem to face any persecution.