Nicola Osborne said she had been put into a car and raped in a public toilet in July, which led to the arrest of the man she had consensual sex with.It seems 2011 is starting off to be a good year for these 'rare cases', eh?
Portsmouth Crown Court heard police used a "vast deployment" of manpower.
Osborne, 32, of Portsmouth, was jailed for 18 months after earlier admitting perverting the course of justice.At least she got a spell inside, unlike others.
Martin Booth, prosecuting, told the court a total 548 hours of police man hours had been used in the inquiry.Hurrah for that DNA database, eh? Keeping us safe from, errr, hang on, I'll get back to you on that...
"Other investigations had to be put on the back-burner as police resources had to be diverted to this case," he said.
He explained that a 26-year-old man was arrested after DNA samples taken from Osborne matched those taken from him for a previous minor criminal offence.
His victim impact statement, which was read to the court, said he had found the arrest "very humiliating'.Yes. Yes, they do...
"People like her make a mockery of women who have really been raped," he said.
Sentencing, Judge Roger Hetherington said Osborne had become "entangled" in her lie...No. He had.