A 21-year-old aspiring model is facing jail after falsely accusing a man of rape.
Samantha Merry, from Great Baddow, wasted over 230 hours of police time after making the false claim relating to a 37-year-old man from Chelmsford back in March of this year.
At Chelmsford Crown Court this week, Merry pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in court last week and now faces sentencing on 15 November.
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC warned Merry: “Sort out your affairs on the assumption you're likely to be sent to prison.”
“Perverting the course of justice is a serious matter. A man was arrested in his home, spent 15 weeks on bail and there were 235 man hours wasted. It has a bad impact and affects rape cases all over the country.”
After the case, Chief Inspector Joe Wrigley, of Essex Police, said: “Justice has been done and I hope it serves as a warning to anyone who would want to make a false allegation.
“There are enough real crimes for us to investigate. The real victims need our support and those who don't should refrain from doing this.”
Merry was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced next month.