Ross Bullock took his own life over the distress caused by a false rape accusation, as his accuser is finally being investigated. His body was discovered at his family home alongside a note that detailed his 'years of torment' and his journey what he described as 'rock bottom'. His note tragically said 'I am free from this living hell'. Bullock's parents are planning to take court action against West Mercia Police for their handling of the accusations, as the couple believe their son died as a direct result of their actions - the police apparently refused to believe that texts found on his phone proved his innocence. After his initial arrest in March 2015, Ross was questioned by police and bailed for a month despite showing the force text messages that strongly suggested he was innocent. Even when officers finally decided against action, he was warned he could still be charged at a later date.
His accuser, who remains unnamed, is being investigated for perverting the course of justice after Bullock was released and at the inquest into his death the coroner made it clear that he took his own life because of the ‘distress’ caused by the allegation. Mr Bullock hanged himself in the garage of his family home and was discovered by his mother Carole. His father, Ronald, 76, said: "Ross would still be alive now if the police had dealt with the allegation sensitively. The allegation changed Ross as a person. He cut himself off." Mr Bullock’s parents believe that the accuser, who cheated on her partner with Ross, should be prosecuted for her part in the tragedy. Police confirmed they are currently investigating an allegation of perverting the course of justice after Bullock had sex with his accuser at his workplace. The pair shared dozens of flirtatious texts afterwards including one exchange, in which Mr Bullock said: "Well I hope u had a good time." The woman replied: "It was alright I suppose!! X." These are understood to be the texts that the police refused to acknowledge.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct confirmed Mr Bullock Snr had filed a complaint and the case was then referred back to West Mercia. Its own investigation concluded there was no case to answer. West Mercia Police said: "Mr Bullock was arrested and released with no further action. We would like to offer his family our sincere condolences following his tragic death." The news comes after a number of high profile rape cases collapsed due to police failing to disclose crucial evidence. In January, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that all rape cases in England and Wales would be reviewed to address the failings that have rocked the criminal justice system.