'Raped' wife jailed for eight months after falsely dropping charges
7th November 2010
A woman, who claimed she was raped, was jailed for eight months after admitting that she falsely dropped the charges.
Her distraught relatives shouted at the judge as the 28-year-old was led sobbing from the dock at Mold Crown Court.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, said the woman made a 999 call to police in November last year claiming she had been raped six times by her husband.
But later she told police she wanted to drop the charges - although she said they were true.
When police said they would carry on with the prosecution she changed her mind and said the allegations were false.
Police then said they would prosecute the woman for perverting the course of justice.
She again changed her mind saying the rapes had happened but she had been persuaded by her husband and his family to drop the charges because he could face a long jail sentence, but she would only get a few months if anything at all.
Judge John Rogers QC told her: 'Despite all the support and time taken in the investigation you eventually made a retraction.
'I now have to deal with you because you made a false retraction.'
Mr Parry said the woman had been taken to a safe refuge by police while they investigated claims she had been raped on three separate occasions in the previous month, a total of six times.
But by January 2010 the woman told police she wanted to withdraw the allegations - although she still maintained they were true.
'There was a conference between the police and Crown Prosecution Service and in the light of the fact she said the allegations were true they said the case would go ahead,' said Mr Parry.
The husband went to court and pleaded not guilty.
When the wife met the prosecution team she revealed that when her husband had visited her and the children over Christmas, they had consensual sex.
'The crown started to worry about their case,' said Mr Parry.
By February 11 the wife went to police and said the allegations were untrue. She was arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice.
By July 30 she said the rape allegations were true and the retraction was false.
Gordon Hennell, defending, said: 'When she embarked on making a false retraction she did not realise the seriousness of what she was doing. She does now.
'She perverted the course of justice in relation to a series of events in which she was the victim.'
He said reports showed that what she claimed had happened was the culmination of an abusive marriage, which was now at an end. She had changed her mind as the result of 'emotional blackmail' from her husband and his sister, he alleged.
Judge Rogers said: 'When you were informed you were to be prosecuted for a false allegation of rape you went back on your original position.
'On August 31 you maintained your retraction was false.
'You now have to be dealt with for making a false retraction.
'If you had to be dealt with for making a false allegation of rape you would be looking at a sentence of two years. The position has now changed but there are two aggravating features.
'One you have caused a substantial amount of wastage for the CPS and police, and two you have had to admit that retraction was false, perverting the course of justice, and for that the imposition of a prison sentence is inevitable.'
She was jailed for eight months.