A mother was sentenced to two years in jail yesterday, for for falsely accusing a man she met on a dating website of rape.
34-year-old Jennifer Day had made the false allegation against her former boyfriend Andrew Saxby after a fight, and Saxby had been subjected to "degrading and upsetting" examinations while being held by police for ten hours.
Judge Ian Graham said the investigation had wasted £4,000 of taxpayers' money and 270 police man hours.
He added: "The police have put great stores on providing sympathetic treatments of women who make genuine complaints of rape and you abused that. You have undermined and jeopardised the efforts that are being made about the need to treat genuine victims of rape properly, fairly and sympathetically.
"The offence is in itself a serious one, it has terrible consequences potentially and actually for the victim and wider implications for those women who have genuinely been rape"
Day, who was a former nurse, split up with the father of her four-year-old daughter in 2007 after he had an affair. She began drowning her sorrows in alcohol, and started using dating websites.
In September 2007, she met Saxby, who worked for Ford, through the Dating Direct website. The two began a relationship, but the court heard Day was also seeing another man.
The couple had a fight in January last year, after Saxby accused her of having another man at her home. Afterwards, Day dialed 999 and accused Saxby of rape.
Authorities arrested him in front of his colleagues and took him to the police station.
Judge Graham said: "It was an extraordinary performance which involved deliberate untruths as the jury found."
Though Saxby was released without charge after Day accused him, she still maintained it was the truth. Day was found guilty of one count of "perverting" (get it? perverting, rape!) the course of justice last month.
During the trial, the court was told how Day had a history of making up stories. While working at Royal London Hospital in East London as a nurse, she suffered stress-related hair loss, which she led her colleagues to believe was cancer.
The judge said: "Mr Saxby is a completely respectable man who had formed a relationship with you and had shown considerable affection and kindness of the kind you said you craved. His reward wa to be the subject of this completely false complaint."
As she was taken down to the cells, Day burst into tears.
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