A clubber who claimed she was sexually assaulted after a night out has been cautioned after admitting she made it up.Oh, just cautioned?
She claimed the assault happened after she went clubbing in McClusky’s in Kingston on Saturday, February 18, but she was arrested three days later after investigations failed to corroborate her story.Are they going to trot out the same old flannel as…
She then told police her claims were a fabrication.
Why, yes. Yes, they are:
Detective Inspector Andy Gallagher said: “Many hours of police time were spent on this investigation, including on extensive CCTV viewing and witness inquiries.Just not too far or too fast, eh?
“This took resources away from genuine inquiries with genuine victims. The victim was lucky to simply receive a caution for this appalling waste of police time as it was her first offence.
“We will continue to deal with any allegations of sexual crimes with sensitivity and speed and will always listen, but we will not tolerate false and time-wasting allegations and will pursue the people who make them.”
Anyone who makes up an allegation of rape could face a charge of perverting the course of justice, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. A lesser charge of wasting police time carries a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment and a £2,500 fine.Yes, rather like the Lottery’s slogan ‘It Could Be You’, it probably won’t be though.
Naturally, the sisterhood are starting to get a bit jittery:
Yvonne Traynor of Rape Crisis South London warned the case would deter women who had been assaulted from coming forward.Surely the public can make up their own minds?
She said: “[False allegations] very, rarely happen.
“I do not want the public to think this is a common occurance.”
What are you suggesting, love? That no-one reports these cases, because it’s inconvenient for you?
She said police research showed the number of false reports across all crimes was 3 per cent and she was worried stories about false allegations might make jurors less likely to believe alleged victims.You aren’t comparing like with like, there, though. It’s pretty easy to report a false rape, and less so when you report your car stolen, and the police check to see if you ever owned one in the first place…
And when you've got women happily inventing murder just to get a bit of attention and a boost to their career, I really don't think the public's going back to believing that women don't lie about rape, do you?