A MAN cleared of rape has failed in his attempt to win 300,000 damages from his accuser, in a case which threatened to open the floodgates for defendants to sue their alleged victims. Three senior Appeal Court judges rejected the mans bid, saying they had to protect the woman, known as AB, from the unprecedented legal attack. Solicitor General Vera Baird QC described the decision as good news for the criminal justice system. The alleged rapist, Anthony Hunt, 66, had decided to sue AB rather than the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or the police who brought him to court. Legal experts say that if he had won, it would have opened the doors for defendants -- even those convicted -- to win damages from their alleged victims or witnesses. Outside court, ABs solicitor Anna Mills said: If the claim had succeeded, any victim of an unwitnessed crime, or any sole witness to a crime who agreed to support a prosecution, could have found themselves in a similar situation. The claim related to an alleged inci- dent 14 years ago. The court was told that Mr Hunt had been convicted of rape in November 2003 after the incident in July 1995. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment but in 2005 the Appeal Court quashed the conviction after hearing new evidence and arguments that the trial judge had misdirected the jury. But the judges did not order a retrial -- meaning he remained cleared of conviction -- because by then Mr Hunt had almost served his full sentence. He subsequently sued AB for malicious prosecution but his claim was rejected by the High Court in October last year. He appealed but Lord Justice Sedley said this week that the police and CPS were responsible for the prosecution. He added: If [AB] is to be regarded by the law as a prosecutor, so is every key witness whom an acquitted defend- ant considers to have lied, with incal- culable consequences for the civil and the criminal justice systems. London Lite Friday, 23 October 2009 23 Man jailed over rape losesbidto sueaccuser by kevin widdop Judges dismiss 300k claim GET that warm, fuzzy feeling while topping up your music collection with I Got Soul, a re- working of The Killers hit All These Things I Have Done. Featuring VV Brown, Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz, Pixie Lott and Frankmusik, the single raises money for War Child, which supports children ravaged by war. In stores, 1.99; download, 79p Must... buy a CD single for charity tonight! ITS definitely not a sport for the faint- hearted or anyone scared of heights. Base jumpers from all over the world took part in the annual KL Tower International Jump which sees hundreds of adrenaline junkies throw themselves off the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia. The tower is the fifth tallest freestanding tower in the world at 421 metres. Every year since 1999 more than 50 base jumpers climb and jump off before releasing their parachutes after a three-second freefall. Base (acronym for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth) jumping started in the Eighties and its worldwide popularity is gaining rapidly. Theheightof extremesport Fall guy: a base jumper in Malaysia Call 0844 844 0005 | visit www.thelionking.co.uk LYCEUM THEATRE, LONDON Photo by Lois Greenfield. Wallace Smith and Kissy Simmons. A Live Nation Theatre. Disney. Is it a bird? No, its a base jumper leaping off the KL Tower index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html