Friday, November 6, 2009

Rape claim student still on course

Funny, isn't it? We have run numerous stories on this site showing how someone who has been falsely accused (not convicted) is automatically kicked out of school. If he's convicted, he's not allowed to return, and usually even if he's not convicted, he's not allowed to return. And yet this young woman, who has pled guilty and been convicted of falsely accusing someone of rape, gets to continue her journey through higher education. Double standard? You decide.

I had one question: is this part of that big effort to recruit more males to colleges?

Student allowed to continue after false accusation of rape.

A student serving two months' imprisonment for wasting more than 900 hours of police time over a false rape claim is to be allowed to continue her studies, Exeter university said yesterday.

Rowena Jones, 21, from Newport, Shropshire, was sentenced by the city's magistrates last Friday having admitted the false rape claim on January 26.

Jones graduated in Greek and Roman studies, and was studying for an MA in Mediterranean studies.

A university spokesman, Stuart Franklin, said: "The matter has been dealt with by the courts who have imposed quite a severe sentence. We do not think it would serve any useful purpose in adding to that punishment."

The court heard how Jones had claimed she had been raped by a stranger in the university grounds. Jones said she made up the allegation because she wanted to become the centre of attention.

Her solicitor said Jones had been under a great deal of stress, and what she had done was a cry for help rather than attention seeking.The court heard that the six-week police inquiry had cost more than £11,000.

A student serving two months' imprisonment for wasting more than 900 hours of police time over a false rape claim is to be allowed to continue her studies, Exeter university said yesterday.

Rowena Jones, 21, from Newport, Shropshire, was sentenced by the city's magistrates last Friday having admitted the false rape claim on January 26.

Jones graduated in Greek and Roman studies, and was studying for an MA in Mediterranean studies.

A university spokesman, Stuart Franklin, said: "The matter has been dealt with by the courts who have imposed quite a severe sentence. We do not think it would serve any useful purpose in adding to that punishment."

The court heard how Jones had claimed she had been raped by a stranger in the university grounds. Jones said she made up the allegation because she wanted to become the centre of attention.

Her solicitor said Jones had been under a great deal of stress, and what she had done was a cry for help rather than attention seeking.The court heard that the six-week police inquiry had cost more than £11,000.

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/nov/04/4