Sunday, February 20, 2011

False rape claim woman jailed: Wick resident sentenced to six months in prison for 'act of revenge'

A follow-up to this story:

A Wick woman who made a false rape claim against her boyfriend in an act of revenge was jailed for six months yesterday.

Sheriff Andrew Berry told Cheryl Fleming that she had caused a huge waste of police resources.

Fleming made the bogus claim as her way of getting back at David Moody after they argued, Wick Sheriff Court heard yesterday.

The 39-year-old went to police after she and Mr Moody had consensual sex at his home at Thurso on December 6.

During the subsequent investigation, Mr Moody was detained for questioning.

Fleming, of 30 Huddart Street, Wick, had previously admitted making the statement which wasted police time and rendered Mr Moody subject to suspicion and false accusation of rape.

Her case had been continued until yesterday for reports.

The couple, who were described as having been in a long, on-off relationship, had sex after a drinking session.

After an argument, she left and went to a nearby food takeaway from where she phoned police. After discrepancies in her allegation emerged, she retracted her statement several days after making it.

Defence solicitor Neil Wilson said: “She says she made the false statement as a way of getting back at him.

“Three days later, she turned up at the police station with a view to putting the wrong right.”

Mr Wilson said Fleming’s offending is largely alcohol-related.

Sheriff Andrew Berry said she had pleaded guilty to a very serious matter.

The sheriff said: “This would have been a huge waste of police manpower.”

The sheriff noted that Fleming has a similar previous conviction and has a history of failing to comply with community-based orders.