Thursday, September 1, 2011

Woman admits false rape claim

Rebecca Howard of Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal, pleaded guilty to a charge of wasting police time for a false claim of rapem she made in February.

At that time, Howard reported that she had been abducted by two men and taken to Walmer where one of them raped her. Acting Detective Inspector Matt Banks said: "This allegation caused heightened concern within the Deal community and involved considerable time and resources to investigate.  Kent Police is [sic] totally committed to the investigation of rape and we take every allegation seriously.  It takes considerable bravery for a rape victim to come forward to report a crime and we will always sensitively and thoroughly investigate all reported rapes. Our priority is always the victim. Therefore, it is extremely disappointing when rape is reported and it is established that the victim has in fact lied.

No mention was made of the possible consequences to any men who might have fit the description she gave. Howard has been bailed until September 15th for pre-sentencing reports.