Removing the distinction between an unproven allegation and a criminal conviction would be a serious threat to people's basic rights. False allegations are made and rumours started all the time but the notion of 'innocent until proven guilty' and the distinction between an unsubstantiated allegation and a criminal conviction are part of the foundations which underpin a civilised system of justice.
These were exceptional events, and while condemning Huntley, we must remember that his horrific actions were a one-off. Knee-jerk reactions and calls to increase the vetting procedures will only undermine the principles of universal justice.
1 Brett Manor
Hackney, London E8