The New Zealand Herald

Not proven


On Monday the headline article concerned two teachers acquitted in the courts of charges that they sexually abused female students in their care. The tenor of the article was that because they were acquitted they were therefore innocent. As I understand it, the accused is acquitted when the prosecutio­n fails to present sufficient evidence of guilt beyond reasonable doubt. That is all acquittal means. It doesn’t necessaril­y mean the accused is innocent. David Shapcott, Mt Albert.

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