At a book signing, in my hometown, 16 years on, Liam turned up.
Alkhani was released after two months, having been beaten.
It happens in small towns and cities up and down the country, on council estates and in middle-class suburbs.
A second trial resulted in a hung jury, at which point Leia almost gave up hope.
"I told the driver, 'Just drive, they will kill me! Rowling's quick, throwaway jokes that is meant to fly right over the heads of the 9-year-olds but is supposed to make the grown-ups giggle.
"The ocker attitude that women are fair game if they accept a lift in a motor car or move about unprotected at night has no place in modern society and must be firmly denounced and rejected," the judge said.