Janet Higginbottom, 36, got drunk and dialled 999 at 2am falsely claiming she had been stalked and then raped in the street after being followed home.
Manchester Crown Court heard how Higginbottom of Broadbottom, Hyde, then identified her ex as the culprit, wrongly claiming he had fled in a car after the incident even though he was at home all the time.
Higginbottom’s unnamed former boyfriend was later arrested in a 4am raid in front of his current girlfriend and held for 11 hours.But don't worry! After they'd secured their man (and his fingerprints and DNA) our sluething wunderkinds decided to actually do some invesitgating.
And guess what!?
He was eventually freed without charge after Higginbottom broke down and confessed she had fabricated her story after detectives uncovered inconsistencies in her evidence.There's a shocker, eh?
Today Detective Constable Ian McNabb, of Greater Manchester Police said: 'Higginbottom falsely accused a man of raping her, when in reality he was at home when the alleged offence took place.
'Due to her lies, not only did this man have to endure the shame of being arrested in front of his partner, but he also spent 11 hours in a police cell and had to deal with the associated stigma of being accused of such a grave offence.'Strange use of the passive voice here. It's almost as if he's speaking about some sort of natural event, like the weather, not something which he and his colleagues decided on, isn't it?
'Thankfully though, our thorough inquiries were quickly able to establish the truth.'What a pity it wasn't before you'd sprung the dawn raid, eh?
'But a lot of police time, effort and money was wasted on this false rape investigation when it could have been better spent helping genuine victims of crime.'Yeah, yeah. I'd have a lot more sympathy for your lack of time and money here if you hadn't been the ones to waste it so incompetently yourselves...
H/T: Mark Wadsworth via email