Ched's trialApril 19 2012 at 5:33 PM
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Looks like we could get a verdict tomorrow. The judge has finished summing up and the Jury will retire tomorrow morning. I do hope that Ched is found not guilty. I was and am disgusted by what both he and MacDonald did in that hotel room but to be honest how that amounts to rape I'm not sure. I think it would be a harsh decision by any jury to find them guilty of rape and it certainly is not beyond reasonable doubt that they raped the girl. Nor can any jury be 100 per cent sure that the girl was so drunk that she was incapable of consenting. If a jury were to find them guilty they will, in my opinion, be setting a massive precedent whereby most lasses who get drunk at a weekend and end up doing something that they later regretted would be able to cry rape. I'm not saying that rape doesn't happen in some of these cases but don't think what Ched and MacDonald did fits into that category. Feel very sorry for all of those involved and none of them have anything to be proud of but I don't think anyone has done anything that merits a prison sentence.