Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Woman who made false rape claim that led to man's arrest warned she faces jail

Woman faces prison for false rape claim

A WOMAN who made a false rape claim that led to a man's arrest has been warned she faces jail.

Nicola Osborne told police she was attacked by a man who forced her into a car after pulling up alongside her as she walked in Fratton Road, Fratton, in the early hours.

The 32-year-old claimed he drove her to a nearby park and raped her before driving her back to Fratton Road at about 3am on July 5 last year.

Osborne's deceit started after she was found near the Co-operative Club in Kingston Road, Buckland, by a passer-by who called police.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man and quizzed him on suspicion of rape in connection with the claim three days later.

However he was later released without charge.

Osborne, from Winchester Road, Buckland, was then arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice.

Yesterday she pleaded guilty to the crime at Portsmouth Crown Court.

But Judge Richard Price has now ordered another hearing before she is sentenced after Osborne disputed the facts of the case.

He said: 'In this case there is in my judgment what amounts to a significant difference between the accounts given by the two people involved.

'The defendant's account is that she wasn't consenting, although she did not give any indication of the lack of consent to the man involved.

'His account is very different.

'His account is not only was she very clearly consenting but she was making it very clear that she was very clear in consenting.

'In my judgment that could make a significant difference in relation to sentence.'

Judge Price released Osborne on bail.

But he warned her that she faces jail.

A judge will make a decision on the facts of the case at a hearing to be held at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday, January 31.

Addressing Osborne, Judge Price said: 'The offence to which you have pleaded guilty is a very serious offence indeed.

'It is almost inevitable that you will be going to prison.

'Do not assume that because I have allowed you to have bail that will be the outcome when you are sentenced - that you will retain your liberty.

'Whatever the outcome on January 31, whatever is the decision of the judge, it is very likely that you will go to prison.