Regular readers may remember that I have very little time for anyone who make false rape accusations. That this accusation got as far as the chap in question doing time in jail strikes me as a very good reason that we should take such fraud very seriously indeed. Deducting the cost of his time in prison does however seem to be adding insult to injury…
The father-of-two, said: “It’s the principle of the thing. They slam you in jail for three years and four months, brand you a sex attacker, leave your family to cope without you, then turn around and say sorry but demand £12,500 for living expenses incurred during your time inside.
“I tried to fight against it but my solicitor says the only hope of overturning the decision would be to go all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. I would probably use up all the compensation money on legal fees if I did that.”
Warren Blackwell, with wife Tanya, is being charged £12,500 for his ‘board and lodging’ in prison despite being wrongly jailed
Mr Blackwell was jailed on the word of a woman who claims he seized her at knifepoint outside a village club early on New Year’s Day 1999, marched her down an alleyway and indecently assaulted her.
She picked him out of an identity parade and a jury found him guilty, even though there was no forensic evidence and he had no previous convictions.
His wife Tanya never doubted him and an investigation by the Criminal Cases Review Commission later discovered that his accuser had invented the story.
Not only did Mr Blackwell not commit the crime, but the crime had never taken place.
It also emerged she was a serial accuser, having fabricated at least seven other allegations of sexual and physical assault against blameless men.
I just wonder what sort of penalty this fraudster has or will receive for her malicious lies? Strangely I am far from confident that she will even do the three years and four months that her victim has had to endure, but surely she should do at least that sort of time, not just for the suffering she has caused to Warren Blackwell but also for the way that she has made it harder for women who have actually been raped to be believed and to get justice in the courts.