Britse vrouw krijgt tien jaar cel na verzinnen serie verzonnen verkrachtingen © Metropolitan Police
De 25-jarige Jemma Beale beweerde dat ze in drie jaar tijd door zes mannen was aangerand en door negen was verkracht. Het waren stuk voor stuk mannen die ze niet kende en een deel van de incidenten zouden groepsverkrachtingen zijn geweest.
Maar in 2013 begon de politie te vermoeden dat ze loog over wat haar was overkomen. Ze had een aanklacht voor een groepsverkrachting ingediend die erg veel op een eerdere aanklacht uit 2010 leek.
Toen de politie het onderzoek naar de verkrachtingen heropende, zagen ze dat dat voor meer van haar aanklachten gold. Ook zagen ze dat Beale zichzelf af en toe tegensprak, waardoor ze wisten dat haar verhaal niet kon kloppen.
In juli 2015 kwam de man die tot zeven jaar cel werd veroordeeld opnieuw naar de rechtbank, waar de rechter oordeelde dat hij onschuldig was. Al haar andere verhalen bleken later ook verzonnen te zijn. Ze had ze wel geloofwaardig gebracht, ze had zichzelf zelfs verwond om bewijsmateriaal te hebben.
Vandaag verscheen Beale zelf voor de rechtbank om haar straf te horen: tien jaar cel voor meineed en het belemmeren van de rechtsgang. “Deze rechtszaak heeft aan het licht gebracht dat u een hele, hele overtuigende leugenaar bent en dat u graag wordt gezien als slachtoffer”, zei de rechter volgens de Britse krant de Guardian.
“Dit soort leugens brengen het risico met zich mee dat vrouwen die daadwerkelijk aangerand of verkracht zijn niet naar de politie gaan, omdat ze bang zijn dat die hen niet zal geloven.”
Origineel bericht krant de Guardian
A woman who made a series of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.Jemma Beale claimed she had been seriously sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine, all strangers, in four different incidents over three years.
The 25-year-old was found guilty in July at Southwark crown court of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice.
Sentencing her on Thursday, the judge, Nicholas Loraine-Smith, said: “This trial has revealed, what was then not obvious, that you are a very, very convincing liar and you enjoy being seen as a victim.
“The prosecution described your life as a ‘construct of bogus victimhood’.”
Madeleine Wolfe, prosecuting, told the court police spent 6,400 hours investigating Beale’s claims at a cost of at least £250,000, and the trial cost at least £109,000.
Lawrence Henderson, defending, said Beale maintains her innocence and was considering an appeal against the sentence.
He told the court: “Ms Beale stands by the claims she made in this matter and if she had her time again she would again plead not guilty to these matters and contest the trial.”
Beale from Bedfont, west London, sat with her arms crossed as she was jailed for a total of 10 years, with the judge branding her behaviour as “manipulative”.
He said: “These offences usually began as a drunken attempt to get your partner’s sympathy or perhaps to arouse her jealousy.
“They each began impulsively, but what is particularly chilling is the manner in which you persisted in making allegations which you knew were untrue even to the extent of committing and repeating perjury.”
He continued: “These false allegations of rape, false allegations which will inevitably be widely publicised, are likely to have the perverse impact of increasing the likelihood of guilty men going free.
“Cases such as this bring a real risk that a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted may not complain to the police for fear of not being believed.”
Detectives launched an investigation into Beale in December 2013 after they learned of a claim by one of her former girlfriends that a man had been wrongly jailed after Beale lied about being raped by him in November 2010.
Police said the information came to light when officers were investigating a separate allegation by Beale, where she claimed to have been raped by a number of men during an incident in November 2013.
With concerns over Beale’s account, officers carried out a review of four investigations into allegations of rape and sexual assault made by Beale.
Police found common discrepancies and similar circumstances within the allegations, which strengthened their suspicions that Beale may have fabricated them.
The Metropolitan police said one of the rape allegations made to police by Beale in 2010 led to the conviction of a man, Mahad Cassim, who was jailed for seven years.
After the CPS and his defence team were alerted to the fact there were serious doubts over the validity of Beale’s allegations, the man subsequently appealed against his conviction and it was quashed at the court of appeal in July 2015.
In a victim impact statement, Cassim told the court how the false claim had had a huge impact on his life. He added: “One of my goals is to be a successful businessman, to have a nice family and be happy. I am working on the happiness – I have a long way to go.”
Beale had also falsely claimed she was groped by a stranger, Noam Shahzad, in a pub in July 2012. She said she was then gang-raped by him and a group of other men, and even injured herself to back up her claims she had been assaulted with barbed wire.
Beale then fabricated similar allegations against six other men in 2013.
She claimed two strangers sexually assaulted her close to her home before she was put through another gang rape attack by four others two months later.
Bron: The Guardian en RTL nieuws
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