Friday, October 21, 2011

Burnley woman jailed over false rape claims

A Burnley woman who falsely accused her lover of rape has been jailed for two years today.

Keeley Horrocks, 20, of Grant Street, Burnley, accused the 59-year-old victim who was arrested and had his home searched by police, Bolton Crown Court heard.

He was then interviewed and vehemently denied any wrongdoing, explaining that the pair had been in a consensual sexual relationship for nine months.

The suspect, from Rochdale, was released on bail after spending up to 20 hours in custody.

Horrocks underwent a full medical examination and over several days was video interviewed by trained officers, and gave a lengthy and detailed account of her ordeal, all of which proved to be false.

Evidence was reviewed and it emerged that the report of rape had been made shortly after the "suspect" sent a text message to the woman's ex-boyfriend, with whom she was trying to rekindle her relationship.

The man from Rochdale suspected that he and the ex-boyfriend were both being lied to.

Horrocks later pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice following her initial report of rape to police on January 3 2010.