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Despicable allegation lands handyman in jail

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Guy Smith | 19:27 UK time, Thursday, 23 September 2010

I've just finished editing a TV story on a school caretaker maliciously accused of being a paedophile.

It's one of the worst allegations anyone could face and very difficult to disprove. As they say, mud sticks and all that.

But 62-year-old Eddie Thompson was framed by his colleague Neil Weiner.

And subsequently, Eddie suffered for the next four years. People on the street would name call and even spit on him.

This was an extraordinary case and the judge revealed his utter contempt for Weiner's actions by jailing him for 12 years and putting Weiner on the sex offenders register for life.

Judge David Paget's comment, which you can read here, are clear.

Yet it could so easily have gone the other way and Eddie Thompson could now be languishing in prison.

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