He Was Accused Of Rape But Acquitted. Then He Committed Suicide, Fearing ‘Rapist’ Label Would Stick

He Was Accused Of Rape But Acquitted. Then He Committed Suicide, Fearing ‘Rapist’ Label Would Stick


Grant Townsend, 26, was known around town in Starella Grove, west Hull in England, as a “loveable rogue who always wore a smile,” yet beneath that smile was a troubled mind.

Townsend had suffered from mental health issues for much of his life, but those troubles were exacerbated in 2017 when he was falsely accused of rape. He was eventually acquitted, but his mother, Keely Gillbey, told investigators that he worried “the title of rapist would never go away.”

Hull Coroner’s Court conducted an inquest into Townsend’s death, determining that he committed suicide and citing his struggles to move on from the false rape allegations against him. Gillbey told investigators that after he was accused, Townsend “found it difficult to leave the house,” but kept telling her he was fine and didn’t need any kind of mental health support, the Daily Mail reported. Gillbey said she found a suicide note written by Townsend prior to his death that included

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