Charlene Downes’s story is one of the most shocking miscarriages of justice in modern ‘multicultural Britain’.
Fourteen-year-old Charlene disappeared in her hometown of Blackpool on 1 November 2003.
Even before the case went to trial in 2007, newspapers were reporting lurid details of how Charlene’s body had been ‘chopped up and put through a mincing machine’ and ‘turned into kebabs’.
Although the police initially dismissed these claims, they were later repeated in court. Muslim takeaway shop owner Iyad Albattikhi was accused of Charlene’s murder, and his business partner Mohammed Reveshi was accused of disposing of her body.
The prosecution claimed the murder suspect was overheard talking about having underage sex with the teenager and that she had 'gone into kebabs'.
The police bugged the home and car of Raveshi, capturing 52 audio recordings in which two men recount and boast of Charlene’s gruesome murder.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against them, the jury did not reach a verdict, and the trial collapsed, with both men being awarded compensation payouts totalling £500,000 for damages to their ‘reputations’.
A retrial was scheduled to begin a year later, but the Crown Prosecution eventually dropped the case because it had 'grave doubts' about the reliability of some of the evidence.
The police investigating the case were subsequently accused of a ‘catalogue of failures’ that led to the two men walking free, and the IPCC recommended that seven officers be disciplined over the matter.
It was later alleged that one of the jurors knew one of the defendants, and a brother of one of the defendants had followed jurors and threatened them.
One of the men has since been charged with drugging and raping other girls, but has again been acquitted.
The police treatment of Charlene’s family has not been so lenient, however. Charlene’s 65-year-old grandmother was arrested by police for sitting on a bench outside the men’s takeaway shop, wearing a T-shirt reading ‘Justice for Charlene’. The police claimed her action (of sitting there quietly) was likely to cause a breach of the peace.
The takeaway in Dickson Road, which now goes by the name of Mario’s, is allegedly still owned by a relative of one of the defendants.
Sadly, Charlene is not the only girl believed to have fallen victim to Muslim paedophile groomers in the town. Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Page Chivers, who has also been linked with the shop, previously known as both Funny Boyz and Mr Beanz, went missing in 2007 and has not been heard of since.
The police, CPS, government, councillors and the whole Establishment want Charlene’s case to be buried, because it is spoiling their multicultural ‘dream’, but the Downes family will never allow them to forget Charlene.
Mrs Downes has said that she will never rest, till her dying day, until she has had justice. And nor will we.
The British National Party will continue to tell the world about Charlene, until justice is not only done, but is seen to be done.
Join us on 1 November to campaign for a retrial of those accused of her murder, and demand Justice for Charlene.