Ironically, the truth would likely have set the defendants free. If they had held their hands up and said we were locked, we were too drunk to realise that she wasn’t consenting and we were arseholes to her/about her after, they would have come out of this a whole lot better.
I don’t for a minute think they went out with the intent of raping someone or believed they were raping her at the time. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, she certainly does feel she was raped and there seems to be no evidence that consent was given. The only “evidence” that she was consenting is Olding saying she beckoned him in, which Jacksom says didn’t happen and McIlroy’s nonsense statement, which all parties day didn’t happen.
I don’t think they deserve to rot in prison for eternity or anything like that and I do think it’s obvious by trying to cover up what happened they have gotten themselves into an awful mess.
I just don’t think branding her a liar and them totally innocent here is correct either. An acknowledgement that she was assaulted and remorse for their actions, even in the aftermath and the clear false statements would be appropriate.
They just refuse to go back on what they said in the interviews and have gone for a deny all approach, hence making them look so much worse and regardless of verdict, they are being severely punished for it now. I don’t know what the best outcome could be… I do not think they’re likely re~offenders or anything like that. I think she needs some justice here too however.
That’s about as objective as I can be on this topic.