Monday, September 8, 2008

False rape accuser gets one year in jail

In the news story below, the judge got it right: the greatest harm done by a false rape accuser was the effect on the man she caused to be wrongfully arrested and held in custody.

Note the frightening detail that the false accuser used to describe the "attack" that never happened. And women don't lie about rape?

Of course the court took into effect the woman's sad personal tale in imposing sentence. If this had been an actual rape, does anyone think the court would take into account the male's similar tale of woe? Dream on.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

One year for false rape report

By Carol Winker, carol@cfp.ky

Wednesday 3rd September, 2008 Posted: 16:25 CIT (21:25 GMT)

Accusing any person falsely of a crime is a serious offence that can be punished by up to seven years imprisonment, Justice Charles Quin told Yolanda Frederick at her recent sentencing hearing.

Frederick, 21, pleaded guilty to defeating the course of justice by reporting that she had been raped.

The man she accused was arrested and spent time in custody.

The Crown’s case was that Frederick gave a five–page, detailed statement to a police officer and then signed it.

In it, she said she and a friend were out in George Town around 2am. They got a ride from a man who took the friend home first. That was in West Bay.

On the way back, she said, he raped her in a vacant building off West Bay Road after pulling her out of the vehicle. He pushed her up the stairs and told her to take off her clothes. He held a knife to her throat.

She said after he raped her, she told him she was going to report him to the police and he ran off. She went home and washed herself, then called the police.

After giving her statement, she accompanied officers to the scene of the alleged rape. This was an additional waste of police resources, the Crown noted.

The accused man was arrested, interviewed and kept in custody 24 hours.

Frederick subsequently attended the police station and said her allegation was false.

Defence Attorney Phillip McGhee agreed the court would be anxious to mark the fact of the man being wrongfully arrested and detained. But he hoped the court would also agree that the false accusation came about through naiveté and stupidity rather than malice.

He said Frederick was at a low point in her life, which had been characterised by abandonment and abuse.

Mr. McGhee said the encounter did happen, after which she was left in an abandoned room.

When she got to the roadside, she hailed a passing car and the driver took her to the police station. “The ball started to roll… it was something she allowed to snowball,” the attorney said.

After a number of days Frederick came to her senses and went to police, embarrassed by the whole incident.

He asked for credit for her guilty plea.

Justice Quin said he was taking that into account, along with a social inquiry report of Frederick’s personal difficulties and a letter of apology she had written.

He said her academic achievement showed she was a bright girl: “You knew what you were doing.” Not only was rape a serious allegation to make, she had introduced the knife aspect to make it violent. As a result an innocent man had been arrested and processed.

Frederick had wasted a considerable amount of police and court time, he pointed out. But most important was the effect on the man.

The sentence of 12 months was meant to be a punishment for her and a deterrent to others, he indicated.

Link: http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1033343

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ANOTHER REPORT OF THE SAME INCIDENT:

Woman imprisoned for fabricating rape incident

Terresa McCallReporter-SKNVibes.com

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – THE sentence handed down by a judge at the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands to a woman who fabricated a rape incident, may seem to serve as a deterrent to others who may have entertained thoughts of doing the same.

According to information published by the Caymanian Compass, a man was arrested and spent time in custody because of a report Yolanda Frederick made to the police.

The media house further reported that Frederick pleaded guilty to “defeating the course of justice by reporting that she had been raped”.

The Crown’s case, according to the Caymanian Compass, was that “Frederick gave a five-page, detailed statement to a police officer and signed it. In it, she said she and a friend were out in George Town around 2:00 a.m. They got a ride from a man who took the friend home first. That was in West Bay. On the way back, she said, he raped her in a vacant building off West Bay Road after pulling her out of the vehicle. He pushed her up the stairs and told her to take off her clothes. He held a knife to her throat. She said after he raped her, she told him she was going to report him to the police and he ran off.”

The Compass’ account further explained that the Crown also noted after Frederick gave a statement to the police, she accompanied police officers to the scene of the alleged rape which was waste of resources.

After the accused was arrested and placed in custody, Frederick reportedly visited the police station and informed that she had fabricated the incident.

In passing judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice Quin, informed that, among other things, he is taking into account “a social inquiry report of Frederick’s personal difficulties and a letter of apology she had written”, the Compass reports. He also considered the fact that Frederick wasted the court’s and the police’s time.

The media house reported Justice Quin as expressing he believed that in making the false report, Frederick knew what she was doing.

The Compass also reported that the Judge said Frederick’s academic achievement showed she was a bright girl and, “You knew what you were doing.”

“Not only was rape a serious allegation to make,” the Compass said, “she had introduced the knife aspect to make it violent. As a result an innocent man had been arrested and processed.”
The 21-year-old was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail.

LINK: http://www.sknvibes.com/Legal/NewsDetails.cfm/6379