Woman sentenced to five years' imprisonment for making false allegations of rape

20/10/2017

Rebecca Palmer, 26, from Swindon was today sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court after being found guilty yesterday of four offences of perverting the course of public justice after making a false allegation of rape in December 2015 against a 22-year-old army soldier serving with the Kings Royal Hussars, in Tidworth.

Following the verdict, Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex said: "Rebecca Palmer indulged in consensual sexual activity with the victim, but on being rejected by him embarked on a malicious campaign which led to him being arrested on more than one occasion and held in custody for periods of time.

"She repeatedly made false allegations, including that of an allegation of rape, and sent malicious communications to both the victim and members of his family.

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how the defendant became so embroiled in her own lies that she told others, and the police, that she was pregnant but on questioning claimed to have lost the baby during a purported suicide attempt.

"She invented fake friend profiles and produced false correspondence hoping that these would be accepted as supportive evidence of her false claims.

"She falsely claimed that the victim had taken revenge on her by posting intimate pictures of her on Facebook.

Having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to a number of offences of perverting the course of justice and malicious communications, she nevertheless maintained her not guilty plea to that of making the false allegation of rape and thereby forcing the victim to give evidence in court.

"Today the jury was satisfied that she had lied and convicted her of perverting the course of public justice.

"Rape is a very serious offence and this case should not detract genuine victims of this crime from coming forward and reporting.

"Our thoughts go to the victim in this case and we hope that this verdict will allow him to move on."

Notes

  • Rebecca Palmer was found guilty of four offences of perverting the course of public justice on Thursday 19 October at Winchester Crown Court.
  • She had previously pleaded guilty to five offences of malicious communications and three offences of perverting the course of public justice.