Thursday, October 7, 2010

Woman launched methodical campaign to destroy her boyfriend, starting with a false claim that he laced a Pringles sandwich with diazepam and raped her

The news story below is yet another in a long cavalcade of examples of why men have every reason to fear false rape allegations. A woman launched a vicious, methodical campaign to get back at her boyfriend because she believed he was seeing another woman.  She told her friend that her boyfriend "wouldn’t know what had hit him" -- and she nearly got away with it.

She kicked off her campaign by falsely accusing her victim of rape. She said he had laced a Pringles sandwich with diazepamand then raped her.  After she reported the supposed crime, she convinced the police to hold off charging him with rape until she got her affairs in order -- which meant disposing of his property. She went home in a jovial mood, had sex with her victim, and pretended nothing happened.  Eventually, the couple had a falling out when he believed she was selling herself for sex. She kicked him out of the house they rented, changed the locks, and obtained a court order banning him from the premises.  Then she packed his belongings, including an expensive stereo, expensive art prints, and the desk from his study, into a horsebox. Those items were driven away and were never seen again.  Then, somehow, she had the ownership of his ­Porsche ­Carrera and BMW motorbike transferred to her name, intending to sell them. The police only figured out what happened -- despite, apparently, having interviewed the boyfriend -- after the false accuser's friend went to the police and blew the whistle on her.

Oh, and up until she was finally convicted of perverting the course of justice, fraud, and theft, her identity was legally anonymous.  Of course.

Professor Eugene Kanin once wrote the following about women who lie about rape for revenge: "Because the suspect is always identified, the false allegations potentially pose the greatest danger for a miscarriage of justice."

Here is the news story:

'Cry rape' woman claimed boyfriend had laced Pringles sandwich with diazepam after she thought he was having affair

A horsewoman who claimed her boyfriend fed her a Pringles sandwich laced with diazepam to make her drowsy before raping her is facing jail.

Kate Woodhead’s fiction extended to salacious details about him being ‘turned on’ as he pulled off her jodhpurs, a court heard.

But after a three-week trial, a jury decided that her story was a pack of lies.

She made it up to get back at Porsche-driving Paul Joseph because she feared he was having an affair and thought he was about to walk out on her, Guildford Crown Court heard.

During the case she was granted anonymity under an order made by the judge. But this was lifted when she was convicted.

The court heard that Mr Joseph, an IT consultant, divorced his wife in 2007 to be with Woodhead, who ran a business providing horses and carriages for weddings. They moved into a rented lodge with a stable block in Wisley, Surrey.

In the early hours of April 10 last year Woodhead went with a friend to a police station to accuse Mr Joseph of rape. She told officers she would pursue her complaint only if they promised not to approach her boyfriend until after she had sorted out her affairs, including the house.

She went home in a ‘friendly and jovial mood’, the jury was told, and the couple continued to share the house and enjoy sex while he remained in ignorance of what was happening behind his back.

The friend who accompanied her to the police station told the court Woodhead said she intended to make Mr Joseph pay for the ‘other woman’ and he ‘wouldn’t know what had hit him’.

Prosecutor Hugh Forgan said: ‘The allegation of rape is entirely fictitious. The pair had a topsy-turvy relationship and at the time of the allegation they were sleeping in ­separate beds.

‘However they still had a sex life, in fact she even had sex with him the day after going to the police crying rape.’

Their relationship ended after a furious row when Mr Joseph found a large number of ­condoms in a drawer and became convinced Woodhead was selling herself for sex.

Woodhead kicked him out, changed the locks and obtained a court order banning him from the premises.
She packed his belongings, including a top-of-the-range Bang and Olufsen stereo, expensive art prints, and the desk from his study, into a horsebox. They were driven away and were never seen again.

In another ‘malicious’ act, she lied to the DVLA, transferring ownership of his ­Porsche ­Carrera and BMW motorbike to her name, intending to sell them.

She was arrested after her friend went back to the police to tell them she thought the rape scenario was made up.

The rape allegation against Mr Joseph was dropped and no action taken against him.

Cross-examining Mr Joseph, Andrew Turton, defending Woodhead, suggested that he made her a sandwich of Pringles and diazepam, then when she became drowsy he carried her to bed, and was ‘turned on’ by removing her jodhpurs before having sex with her without her consent.

Mr Joseph said: ‘A Pringle sandwich laced with diazepam must have been the driest ever. You’d think you could taste it. I wouldn’t eat it.’

The jury found Woodhead guilty of perverting the course of justice, fraud and two counts of theft. She had denied all the charges.

Remanding her on bail until sentencing next month, Judge Neil Stewart said a custodial sentence was ‘almost inevitable’.