A forklift truck driver took his own life after being falsely accused of rape – despite texts which “proved the sex was consensual”. Ross Bullock, 38, met his accuser in February 2015 and the pair had sex at his workplace, before exchanging dozens of flirtatious messages. But the following month Ross, from Redditch, Worcestershire, was arrested and questioned by officers, after the woman accused him of rape.
Mr Bullock showed officers the texts, including one exchange, where Mr Bullock asked: “Well I hope u had a good time,” to which the woman replied: “It was alright I suppose!! X.” Police told him they wouldn’t be taking action, but warned he could still be charged at a later date. After a “year of torment”, Mr Bullock hanged himself in the garage of his family home and left a note to say he had “hit rock bottom” and that he would be “free from this living hell”.
His mum Carole, 74, who tragically found her son’s body, said: “The allegation changed Ross as a person. He cut himself off.” Mr Bullock’s dad Ronald, 76, said: “Ross would still be alive now if the police had dealt with the allegation sensitively.” A coroner ruled Mr Bullock took his own life because of the “distress” caused by the allegation.