The story below is a horrifying example of the power of a false rape accuser to deny virtually any man or boy of his liberty.
In this case, a complete, random stranger was arrested and held in a cell for 22 hours because of a false accusation of rape and the liar's vague description of her.
The false accuser's motive: to make her family feel guilty following an argument.
Think of it: we allow one class of our citizens to use the state to deprive virtually any member of another class of our citizens of his liberty and to subject him to a mental torment of often unbearable measure.
And that tells us everything we need to know that something is terribly, terribly wrong with the system.
In the case below, the false accuser's punishment is warranted. All false accusers need to be punished sufficiently to deter such vile misconduct.
The following story is "must" reading:
Woman jailed for making false rape claim to get back at family after row during night out
A woman was jailed yesterday after her false claim of rape resulted in an innocent stranger being arrested.
In an attempt to make her family feel guilty following an argument, Kerry Saunders invented a story that she had been sexually assaulted after a night out.
She was overheard making the allegation by a passing police community support officer.
Instead of admitting it was just a story, she told the officer that her attacker was a black man driving a blue car.
Within hours, Oladepo Otesile, a student, was picked up by police near the scene of the alleged attack.
He was held in a cell for 22 hours, where he was interviewed under caution and given an intimate forensic examination. Samples of his DNA and fingerprints were also taken.
Only after Mr Otesile was bailed to return for an identity parade did his 'victim' contact police to admit the allegations were false.
Sentencing 26-year-old Saunders to a year in prison after she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, Judge Michael Brooke said 'it was something she brought on herself'.
'She is not a baby, she could have said at any time it was not true and she had been hysterical,' he added.
The judge also said that Mr Otesile had been put through an unnecessary ordeal.
The false claims not only deprived him of his liberty, but cost the police £4,500 in wasted time, Basildon Crown Court in Essex heard.
Judge Brooke said: 'A total stranger found himself locked up for 22 hours having samples taken, he was interviewed under caution and accused of the most serious of crimes - stranger rape in a public place. He must have passed an absolutely ghastly time.'
As Saunders sobbed in the dock, he added: 'She knew very well where things were going and things ratcheted up and she did nothing to stop it.'
The allegation was made in the early hours of December 2 last year when Saunders was out celebrating a birthday with family and friends.
After a row broke out in the limousine the group was sharing, the driver dumped her on the A13 in Purfleet, Essex.
Minutes later, she called her family and told them she had been raped - an attempt to make them feel bad.
Barry Hargreaves, prosecuting, said: 'An offduty PCSO saw her by the side of the road in a distressed state and she said she had been attacked in the street by an unknown assailant and had been dumped by his car.
'Police were called and told she had been claiming she had been raped. The description she gave was of her attacker being black and driving a blue car.'
Of Mr Otesile, he added: 'The victim is black, and happened to have a blue car which was spotted by police in the area where the alleged rape took place.
'It fitted the description of the car and he fitted the description of the attacker and he was arrested. He then spent 22 hours in custody where Miss Saunders still maintained the allegation that she had been raped.'
After more than a day had passed, Saunders, from Ilford in Essex, contacted police and admitted the claims were false.
Before the incident, Mr Otesile, of Purfleet, had never been arrested before. Describing him as a man of good character, Mr Hargreaves added: 'The whole experience was horrible and very frightening, especially as he knew he had not done anything wrong.'
The court heard that Saunders had a drugs problem and had been taking crack cocaine on and off since she was 17. She had been drinking on the night of the attack.
In mitigation, her lawyer said she was ' emotionally immature' and the lies were a ' kneejerk reaction to get attention from her family' which spiralled out of control.