Emma Saxon, 23, from Sheffield, was jailed for eight months after telling police she had been raped in a BMW car in a supermarket car park.
The victim of her slur Martin Blood spent 14 hours in a police cell and suffered the indignity of an intimate medical examination while the police spent 90 hours investigating before finally concluding it was a hoax.Well, can't be too careful, got to treat every false claim as if it was real, how could they know differ...
Oh. Hang on:
Sheffield Crown Court heard Saxon, 23, was given a community penalty in 2007 after a similar false allegation against a former boyfriend.But....maybe this claim was initially more plausible?
Bev Tait, prosecuting, said a man rang the police saying Saxon had been raped in the car at a Sheffield supermarket ten minutes beforehand by a man called Martin.
An incident team swung into action and police traced the car driver within 20 minutes.
Officers went to his address but found the car engine cold in the driveway and a dry patch where the car was standing although it had been raining heavily.
Despite their suspicions about the allegation police arrested Mr Blood and as well as being kept in a cell for 14 hours and being examined by a doctor his car was thoroughly searched.
Saxon was taken to the police station and also examined by a doctor but refused to take part in a video interview.
Ms Tait said it took a month for six police officers and a detective inspector to finally ascertain that the allegation was groundless./facepalm
The usual excuses are trotted out:
Rebecca Stevens, for Saxon, said she lived in supported council rented accommodation and had suffered with learning difficulties.Does she really? It seems it's everyone else around her who does the suffering...
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