Friday, July 23, 2010

Woman jailed for making false rape claim

A SURBITON woman has been jailed after falsely accusing two men of raping her.

Eloise O'Donovan, 19, told police she was seriously sexually assaulted in Vale Road South, on July 26 last year. She identified the men, who were arrested, and officers from the Sapphire Unit started investigating the alleged attack.

But her lies soon unravelled and evidence against her version of events piled up, shifting the focus of the investigation on to her.

She was eventually arrested and pleaded guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice at Kingston Crown Court on June 17. The teenager was sentenced to two years in prison.

Investigating officer DC Aine Matthews said: "We are committed to conducting professional and impartial investigations that seek the truth and ultimately bring those responsible to justice. Making a false allegation is a rare but serious criminal offence, which puts those who are falsely accused through a very emotional ordeal.

"Where there is evidence of false allegations, we will refer cases to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether a prosecution is in the public interest."