A man was jailed more than 17 hours on the basis of nothing more than a woman's lie. His marriage was destroyed. He contemplated suicide. And his reputation was shattered.
If one needs an example of how a woman can destroy the life of any man or any teenage boy she decides to target just by lying that she was raped, this is it.
And she was sentenced to four months behind bars for destroying a man's life! Not a very heavy price to pay if a woman really wants to do destroy an innocent male.
No comment of mine can underscore this tragedy better than the facts themselves -- this is "must reading."
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Cry-rape woman who ruined a marriage jailed for four months
By Andy Dolan
Last updated at 9:46 PM on 28th July 2008
A woman whose false rape allegation led to the collapse of her victim's marriage was jailed for four months yesterday after a judge branded her 'wicked'.
Tracey Winfield, 21, claimed she had been held down in a park by her former boyfriend Richard Peacock while his friend Dean Frasier raped her.
As a result of her claim - delivered in a detailed, seven-page statement - both men were arrested and held in police cells for 17-and-a-half hours.
The pair, who were both totally innocent, were forced to undergo medical examinations and give intimate samples before being released on bail.
Their ordeals ended only when Winfield walked into a police station in Grantham, Lincolnshire five days later to confess the incident never took place.
Mr Frasier was left so distraught by the allegation he contemplated suicide, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
Jailing her yesterday, Recorder Christopher Donnellan said Winfield's lies had damaged the chances of securing convictions in genuine rape cases.
Prosecutor Simon Rowe said Winfield initially phoned officers to claim she was attacked in Wymondham Park, close to the centre of Grantham.
They were arrested in the early hours of the morning and interviewed twice before eventually being released.
Mr Rowe said both men suffered as a result of the lie, adding: 'Mr Frasier, in particular, has spoken of the devastating effect the allegation has had.
'He contemplated committing suicide because of the nature of the complaint she made, and it was the last straw in his relationship with his wife.
'There was a report in his local newspaper, which meant that he could not even walk down the street without people suggesting he did it.
'Such was his concern that he spent money on taking a polygraph test to try to prove his innocence. He says Miss Winfield has ruined his life.'
Mr Rowe said Winfield and Mr Peacock had a troubled three-year relationship, resulting in her making 14 allegations to police about him.
Most of her claims were not taken further, though Mr Peacock was twice convicted of public order offences in 2006 as a result of her allegations.
Winfield, from Grantham, admitted a charge of doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice in April this year.
Gordon Aspden, defending, told the court she had been drinking when she made the allegation and now realised it was a 'monumental error of judgment'.
Winfield sobbed in the dock as Recorder Donnellan told her: 'What you did was wicked. It was not a spur-of-the-moment action that you did not go through with.
'Mr Frasier had his life ruined. Whatever relationship he had with his wife may have been able to be saved, but what you did made sure it was not.'
The case came just weeks after the Association of Chief Police Officers called for the introduction of specialist squads to investigate rapes in every UK force in a bid to drive up conviction rates.
Currently less than six per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction in England and Wales - and just 15 per cent of victims are said to report incidents in the first place, according to the British Crime Survey.
Recorder Donnellan suggested false allegations such as Winfield's served only to spread even more doubt among jurors trying genuine cases.
He said: 'When people have to consider another person saying 'I have been raped'... a report of a false allegation can put a doubt in their mind.'
Earlier this month, a Royal Navy Wren was also convicted of making a false rape claim against a former lover.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard that communications officer Erin Casson, 27, met Petty Officer Brian Eaton for a sex session three months after they broke up, but then told another man she had been raped.
A jury took less than an hour to find Casson, of Porchester, Hampshire, guilty of perverting the course of justice. She faces jail when she is sentenced next month.