An alcohol binging mother has been jailed after falsely accusing an innocent taxi driver of raping her.Or four months, as we say on this planet.
Joanne Rye, who kept up the lie for 20 months, was told by a judge her behaviour was despicable and was handed an eight month prison sentence.
Maidstone Crown Court heard Rye, then 18, was known as a troublemaker and had been banned from using the All Night Car Hire in Dartford, Kent where Mr Kali worked.Doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to see a sudden allegation of rape might be a bit suspicious under the circumstances, does it? Sadly, there are no great detectives in Maidstone Police station.
The court also heard the week before she made the rape allegation she had used racially insulting language to Mr Kali.
And even if there were, thanks to the infiltration of the radical feminist theory that women 'rarely' make up rape cases, they would have simply gone through the motions anyway. And they did:
The part-time cabbie was arrested at his home and taken to the police station where intimate samples, DNA and fingerprints were taken.Not that that prevented the police from arresting him. After all, women rarely make up rape claims...
His boss Nicholas Morris confirmed that Ms Rye had been banned from using the firm's cabs because of racist abuse to drivers.
Miss Swift revealed a check of the satellite navigation system in Mr Kali's cab showed he had been nowhere near the area where Rye said she was attacked.
So, now Mr Kali's DNA is in the system, just like those other innocent men (though poor Mr Chong probably doesn't care that much anymore).
Rye continued to maintain she had been raped up to the first day of her trial in June, accused of perverting the course of justice.I think there should have been others in the dock accused of assisting her with that...
Eight months! What sentence would he have recieved had this charade palyed out? 5 years?
That seems an appropriate sentence for her given the 20 months of torment this man and his family have been through.
Needless torment too - a quick investigation of the satnav details, a check of the fact that she'd previously been barred from the cab firm and racially abused Mr Kali and they wouldn't have needed to arrest him at all.
Unfortunately the first step in a police investigation these days is (almost) always the arrest of the alleged perp. No amount of easily obtainable evidence of the bona fides of the alleged perp (eg stable job, homeowner, no criminal record) is allowed to interfere: knock on the door, on with the handcuffs, into the police car, off to the nick, DNA/fingerprints taken, into the cells and wait for the solicitor. After 5 hours or so (or overnight if the police are particularly obdurate) out on police bail.
Mr Kali is lucky - the satnav was proof positive that he couldn't have been the perp. Without that little detail I think we can be confident that Maidstone Police/CPS would have done its duty and subjected to the full monty of a Crown Court trial.
"Without that little detail I think we can be confident that Maidstone Police/CPS would have done its duty and subjected to the full monty of a Crown Court trial."
I think you're right...
A criminal "attempt" carries the same sentence as the commission of the crime itself would carry. Surely a false accusation should be the same?
I am quite surprised, though, that no attempt was made to verify whether a crime had actually taken place. Aren't the police supposed to "investigate" rather than "prosecute"?
They were. Now, it seems, they just go through the motions.
And I always thought that was the job of Customs officers! ;D
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