Amanda Bradley, 19, texted her new partner to say she'd been raped, Bolton Crown Court heard yesterday, and her victim was arrested while still in her bedroom.And she’s now got a 12-month prison sentence.
Three months later Bradley finally admitted to police that she'd lied.
But others should be in the dock with her:
Sentencing, Judge Steven Everett said: 'There was indeed an element of spite about what you did and an element of meanness.Indeed she did, judge. And why is that, I wonder? I mean, making an allegation of theft or assault or any other crime wouldn't be quite so likely to succeed, would it?
'You wanted to get him into trouble and you knew full well you were going to get him into trouble in a very big way.'
Having been arrested, the 28-year-old man she accused - who was not identified in court - was subjected to an 'intimate' forensic examination, interviewed at length and kept in police cell for 17 hours.Note that: her change of heart. Not good detective work...
He had the offence hanging over him for three months before Bradley's change of heart.
Officers went to her home address in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and they found her in a bedroom with the victim. She told police she had been raped.Because alarm bells, surprisingly enough, hadn't begun to ring before then. Amazing, eh?
She then spent a long time with an officer specially trained to deal with victims of rape who listened to her story.
Clothing was seized and samples taken. She then visited the St Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre and underwent a full forensic examination, having been transported to and from the centre by a police officer.
When interviewed the victim strenuously denied he had raped her and said the sex was consensual.
In May, Bradley was video-interviewed by police and again reiterated her claim she had been raped.
But in June she contacted the investigating officer to withdraw her complaint.
At all times, despite the evidence and the protestations of the true victim, the police simply marched ahead in lockstep with their case, never wavering...
If she hadn't retracted her claim, there's no doubt whatsoever that it would have proceeded to trial. Because - frankly - does anyone suppose the CPS would not have done the same?
Detective Inspector Andy Meeks, of Bolton CID, said: 'Greater Manchester Police would encourage anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual abuse to come forward.Yes, that took my breath away too. Let’s see it again:
'We treat every allegation seriously and will investigate thoroughly and without prejudice.
'The support we gave to Bradley shows just how seriously we take any allegation…
'The support we gave to Bradley shows just how seriously we take any allegation…Amazing as it seems, he genuinely – and with seemingly no thought other than impressing upon his audience how politically-correct he is – believes that the amount of time they spent believing every word that came out of the lying little cow’s mouth and never checking out her story is a good thing…
…and I want to stress that in publicising this case, we want anyone who has been a genuine victim to speak to us because we can help not only you, but also put your attacker behind bars.Well, that's nice of you to recognise that. I note the priority.
'However, we must also treat lying to the police about such an awful crime equally seriously.
'Unfortunately, false allegations make a mockery of the experiences suffered by genuine victims.'
Anyone else affected by this cock-up?
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He added: 'In investigating this false claim, officers wasted countless hours interviewing witnesses and on paperwork when they could have been dealing with a genuine emergency.Hmmm....
Isn’t there someone else who…
'Not only that, but the man she alleged was responsible had to spend time in a custody cell, wrongly accused of an offence he did not commit.Nice priorities there, DI Meeks…
Unfairly, he has been put through a tremendous amount of stress when he is completely innocent.'
H/T: Mark Wadsworth