There are more details about the history of the man who was convicted of raping and killing his niece from the BBC:
A [21 year old] man jailed for life for the rape and murder of his two-year-old niece was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl four years ago, it has emerged.
But the charges against Michael Mullen, of Gipton, Leeds, were dropped on the day he was due to stand trial. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said evidence came to light which cast doubt on his alleged victim's story.
I'm sure that at the time the previous charge was dropped that the 12 year old alleged victim was described by many people as someone who obviously "cried rape." The dropping of the charges likely fed into the common belief that girls frequently lie about being raped.
From a CPS report: "The new evidence highlighted inconsistencies in the complainant's evidence such as to remove a realistic prospect of obtaining a conviction for the original offence."
Too many people still insist that any inconsistency related to the alleged victim's account of what happened is a smoking gun proving that the defendant is innocent. That belief, which doomed the previous case, contributed to a child's murder.
This case is a wake-up call, but many people will respond to it by simply hitting the snooze button and going to sleep until they hear of a case which is much more pleasing to their ears. Maybe they will snooze until the next athlete becomes a criminal defendant because some *** cried rape.