Monday, April 22, 2013

'Prolific liar' guilty of false rape claim

Reported here: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2132727_prolific_liar_guilty_of_false_rape_claim

A PROLIFIC liar who admitted previously lying to get other people into trouble has been found guilty of making a false rape allegation against a Bramley care home employee.

Matthew Price, 23, was already serving a prison sentence when he alleged that a key worker at Apple Orchard care home in Birtley Road, Bramley, raped him on at least four occasions while he was a resident there between 2004 and 2008.

Following a week-long trial at Guildford Crown Court, Price was found guilty by an 11 to one majority verdict of perverting the course of justice last Wednesday.

Price was at Apple Orchard, where staff support adolescent boys who have been affected by sexually inappropriate behaviour, as a 14-year-old following sexual abuse by his father between the ages of six to 13. His father was convicted.

Price claimed that his key worker had come in to his bedroom to check it was tidy before sitting down to teach him some guitar chords, but then pinned him down to the bed and raped him. He said the other similar sexual assaults also took place in his room.

The allegations were made to the prison chaplain at Glan Parva, a young offenders institute in Leicester, in 2010.

The Apple Orchard key worker was suspended for five months during the police investigation, but later returned to work there.

Asked in court by prosecuting counsel Richard Germain whether anything happened that could have led Price to believe he had been raped, he said: “Absolutely not.”

The court heard that Price had twice previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, having accused a neighbour of stealing a £5,000 necklace from him and an ex-girlfriend of assault.

He said he had made the first allegation after his neighbour threatened to tell social services he would be an unfit father to his unborn child. The second lie was made because he was ‘upset and angry’ after his ex-girlfriend cheated on him. Price is due to be sentenced on May 8.