In the news story linked below, another taxi driver has been falsely accused of rape by a woman who couldn't pay the fare. These taxi cases evince a disturbing pattern to toss working class drivers under their own cabs, so to speak, over paltry matters -- usually because the false accusers didn't have the fare to pay for the ride. In almost all of these cases, the taxi drivers' lives, and the lives of their families, are turned completely turned down until the lie is exposed. For the price of a cab ride, men and their families are forced to experience what is likely the worst thing they will ever experience.
Here's what happened in the latest case: Gemma Hasson, 25, a marketing analyst, has been jailed for 12 months, and now faces the prospect of being in prison when she has her first baby, due in May. The taxi driver was suspended from his job over the rape lie.
Hasson made the claim in a “moment of madness,” the court heard -- in fact, she had been drinking. After being arrested, Hasson was asked about the truth of her claim: “She maintained from first to last this was a true complaint,” the prosecuting attorney said. Her defense counsel said: “Once she started making the allegations she found it very difficult to back out of them."
Judge Nic Madge told Hasson: “You made a false complaint of a serious sexual assault against a taxi driver to avoid paying a fare. You alleged you were attacked in a taxi, that he pulled off your leggings and knickers and then chased you. That was false. Such false claims make it harder for the prosecuting authorities to secure convictions where genuine complaints of sexual assault are made. They increase the likelihood of guilty men going free and they are highly damaging to the criminal justice system. I am satisfied this offence is so serious I have no option but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.”
The principal harm, of course, is to the men actually falsely accused.
See the story here: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Mum-to-be-jailed-for-sex-assault-claim.htm
Among the taxi stories we've reported: a teen falsely reported to police she had been sexually groped by a taxi driver while she took a local cab home from a friend's house. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2011/01/police-teen-falsely-reports-incident.html Four young women falsely accused a taxi driver of sexual assault after he told one to put a cigarette in his cab. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2009/06/edmonton-cabbie-sues-passengers-over.html A teenager lied that a taxi driver tried to rape her, causing him to be arrested and held in custody for nine hours, because she didn't have the fare. The father-of-three broke down in tears in the witness stand when he gave evidence about the night, an image the judge said will "haunt the memory of the jury for a very long time." http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2009/09/woman-falls-to-floor-cries.html A young woman falsely accused a cab driver of raping her, apparently out of revenge over a fare dispute that occurred the week before.The part-time cabbie was arrested at his home and taken to the police station where intimate samples, DNA and fingerprints were taken. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2008/08/horrific-story-completely-innocent-man.html A 23-year-old woman was jailed after falsely claiming she had been raped by a taxi driver who tried to be a Good Samaritan to her in a bid to obtain £10,000 from him. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2009/03/good-samaritan-falsely-accused-of-rape.html Two women were willing to destroy the life of a cab driver with a rape lie because they didn't want to pay a fare. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2010/04/women-tried-to-destroy-cab-driver-with.html A taxi driver was locked up for almost a day and had his licence suspended for several weeks after an alcoholic drug abuser claimed he had raped her. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2010/10/donna-robinson-admits-making-up-rape.html A girl falsely accused a cab driver of rape to justify her long absence at home to her parents. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/girl-accused-of-knowingly-false.html
And we can't forget Clive Bishop. Mr. Bishop lost his taxi business and was shunned by the community as a result of a false rape claim that sent his false accuser to jail for ten months. He sought compensation for his ordeal by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). After all, Britain pays crime victims, including women who claim they've been raped, substantial sums of money as "compensation." Victims of alleged rapes need not have been subjected to violence to trigger the payments. Unfortunately, since Mr. Bishop wasn't raped -- only destroyed by a rape lie -- he was denied compensation because his victimization wasn't violent. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2010/06/it-is-official-britain-pays-women-to.html