Those rather unpleasant folk who spent the time around Shannon Matthews's disappearance wishing ill against her family and chuntering about Karen Matthews's then-boyfriend Craig Meehan being a bit of a wrongun will no doubt be swimming in an ocean of smugness in the coming days, now that he has been convicted of downloading indecent images of children (I don't really like the term 'child pornography') onto his computer and put in the slammer for 22 days.
"Look, told you he was a wrongun!" they'll crow. "Look at my Cassandra-like abilities. If only those bloody hand-wringing bastards hadn't got in the way then we could have just sorted this out a lot sooner!"
Except they were wrong. Wrong in one very crucial way. Wrong in that they linked Meehan with Matthews's disappearance - which he wasn't involved with at all, according to police, given the total and utter lack of evidence linking him with it.
The way they'll re-tell the story, of course, you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd solved the entire case on their own. Maybe in future we should just arrest people based on the fact that a couple of cunts at a newspaper decide that they look a bit funny.
Oh wait. That's already happened.
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