Halifax FP

Season 2 Episode 1

Without Consent

Aired Unknown Feb 14, 1996 on The Nine Network
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Without Consent
When a series of rapes take place, the M.O. matches exactly that of recently released William Reedman. However the case proves to be anything but straight forward when it emerges that Jane is his alibi.

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  • Young women are falling victim to a vicious serial rapist and the police don't have much in the way of clues. Jane Halifax becomes involved when their main suspect uses her as his alibi for one of the crimes.moreless

    Several women have been raped by a man wearing a mask and the police are coming up empty. Their main suspect, a recently released rapist named William Reedman (Steve Jacobs) whose past crimes had an almost identical modus operandi is evaluated by Jane and involves her directly in the case when he uses the time he is with her as his unshakeable alibi for the time of one of the most recent attacks.

    Although Reedman continues to loudly assert his innocence, Jane is not convinced by his indignation nor his smooth denials. She is not alone, because Alison Hart (Annie Jones) the woman for whose rape he was originally sentenced, is completely convinced that the latest crime wave is Reedman's work. Alison's life was shattered by her experience and she has become a virtual shut-in and recluse, with just the company of her ever-faithful German Shepherd dog who is always by her side to guard her.

    When Alison realises that Reedman is out of prison, she does her best to make people believe that he is once again the perpetrator but it seems that only Jane might believe her, even though he was most certainly with her when one of the attacks took place.

    As Alison (and Jane) become more and more certain of Reedman's guilt, there is a race against time before the rapist strikes again.

    A mediocre episode considering the overall excellent quality of the series, except for a superb performance by Annie Jones whose husband, Paul Maloney, directed several of the episodes. There is, however, a very well written plot twist towards the end which makes this installment worth watching.moreless

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