Monday, July 5, 2010

My teenage sex lies wrecked a man's life.

I don't think anything I type could properly express precisely how disgusted this makes me.

She bowed her head as Judge Madge told her: "Twenty years ago you fabricated an allegation of indecent assault against Ian Henderson. You gave false evidence at his trial. There can be no doubt that what you did had a devastating effect upon his life.

Too bad judge, that it wasn't bad enough for you to consider an actual punishment, instead of 16 months suspended sentence. The devastating effect on his life wasn't THAT important after all, was it?

A WOMAN yesterday admitted destroying an innocent man's life by falsely accusing him of indecent assault.

Guilt-ridden Carrie Crownshaw, 34, went to police earlier this year to admit MAKING UP the allegation against her mother's then-boyfriend Ian Henderson when she was 14.

He was convicted and sentenced to three years' jail in 1990 - and yesterday Judge Nic Madge told Crownshaw: "It would not be an understatement to say that you wrecked his life."

His sentence at Acton Crown Court, West London, was reduced on appeal, but Crownshaw's trial heard he had still spent a nightmare 15 months in a sex offenders' wing, later lost his job - and even felt guilty changing his childrens' nappies.

Prosecutor Adrian Slasher said: "Mr Henderson had to serve in a separate unit. Food often had to be sent back because it was believed to be contaminated with urine and other things.

"He felt uneasy changing the nappies of his own children in case anyone misconstrued what he was doing.

"He didn't want to go out. He was always concerned who he would meet.

"He said he didn't trust people - even people he knew. He was worried he might say something wrong."

The lawyer told how Mr Henderson's bond with his parents had been hit because he always wondered whether they believed in his innocence.

And he once began a relationship only for the woman to end it when she found out about his conviction.

He had also lost his job as a coach driver because of his criminal record.

Crownshaw, married with four children in Luton, Beds, pleaded guilty to perverting justice at Harrow Crown Court in North West London.

She bowed her head as Judge Madge told her: "Twenty years ago you fabricated an allegation of indecent assault against Ian Henderson. You gave false evidence at his trial. There can be no doubt that what you did had a devastating effect upon his life.

"False allegations increase the plight of women and girls who have actually suffered sexual abuse."

But he spared her jail - sentencing her to 16 months in jail, suspended for two years.

The judge took into account her "traumatic upbringing" and a psychiatric report which described her depression personality disorders.

She has attempted suicide several times, most recently in April, and her children suffer a range of illnesses.

Hannah Fish, defending, said: "She stated that an injustice had happened. She wanted to rectify the situation."

Link:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2992275/My-teenage-sex-lies-wrecked-mans-life.html