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Man who spent two years in jail for rape has conviction quashed after Facebook messages are revealed

A man who spent more than two years in prison after he was sentenced for rape has had his conviction quashed after a series of Facebook messages were uncovered.
Danny Kay, 26, is questioning why police failed to retrieve evidence prior to his now overturned conviction, and why he had to rely on his family to clear his name.
Mr Kay was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2013 after he was found guilty of raping a woman in 2012, when he was 20, at Derby Crown Court.
The 26-year-old always denied rape and said sex had been consensual.
At a hearing in the Court of Appeal in London in November, Mr Kay challenged the conviction saying Facebook messages had been found which supported his version of events and showed there had been contact after sex.

Three appeal judges agreed the messages, which were found by his sister-in-law Sarah Maddison, were key evidence and quashed the conviction.
Speaking after he was cleared, Mr Kay has expressed anger over the police handling of their investigation and added others could be wrongfully sentenced.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he said: "Even now, with the conviction quashed, I still can’t believe that it took years of pain and stress for this nightmare to end.
"And the terrifying thought is that, if the police and justice system could fail me like this, it could happen to anyone."
And he told the BBC: "It is devastating. For a system that you trust to let you down like that and I had complete faith in it. I trusted that the truth would come out in the trial and it didn't.
"I passed my details on to my sister-in-law whilst I was in prison and she went on to Facebook and recovered them from an archive. I just think the police didn't bother looking.
"It's still gonna be difficult because it's always gonna be on my name.
Mr Kay said a fellow inmate convinced him to try and retrieve the old messages that he thought could not be recovered.
He asked his sister-in-law to log into his account before she took a "minute" to find the exchanges.
He said "everything fell apart" when he was found guilty and that he "lost all faith in the system".
He spent his first few months at HMP Whatton in Nottinghamshire, Europe’s largest prison for adult male sex offenders.
Mr Kay’s barrister Philip Rule, told the Mail on Sunday: "This is an important victory for justice. This is the tip of an iceberg of failings brought about by chronic and long-term under-resourcing of the criminal justice system."
Derbyshire police say they would be reviewing their investigation "to find out whether lessons can be learnt."

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