And here we have yet another story of a false accusation of rape that has seen a young woman sent to prison but this time she has been given anonymity whereas those she has accused have been named shamed and humiliated by invasive forensic examinations.
Mr Lewis spent two months on bail before police finally cleared him days before his 21st birthday.
Mr Pugh said: ‘The reason she said she gave the false account was she was scared her boyfriend would find out she cheated on him and it would lead to violence.’
The girl pleaded guilty to trying to pervert the course of justice.
Alex Greenwood, defending, said: ‘This is as serious an example of attempting to pervert the course of justice as one can imagine.
‘The three men were subjected to a terrifying experience in the knowledge they were entirely innocent.
‘She is truly sorry.’
He said that once she made the rape allegation, ‘a juggernaut was set in train’ – and the girl was too scared to admit she was lying.
Judge Mr Recorder Jeremy Jenkins QC yesterday sent the teenager to a young offender institution for six months.
The girl sat with her head bowed during the 20-minute hearing at Merthyr Crown Court and showed no emotion as the judge sentenced her.
He told the teen: ‘When a woman makes an allegation of rape, it has to be treated with the utmost seriousness.’
‘Rape is an absolutely vile crime and it’s the duty of the police to investigate it thoroughly and carefully.
‘False allegations of rape can have dreadful consequences to the men concerned.
‘For innocent men to be confronted with an allegation like that, held in custody for 36 hours and subjected to intrusive medical examinations is a terrible experience.
‘The police spent many hours and there was a substantial financial cost in investigating your wholly false allegations.’
He added: ‘Every time somebody makes a false allegation of rape, the public has less confidence in the truth of other complaints of sexual abuse made by genuine victims.’
Barrister Mr Pugh said the girl should be named and shamed – despite her age.
There is something bigger than a silly girl making up excuses for her wanton behaviour evident here and that is a culture that rewards lies and deceit. I will suggest that the problem is very much the sort of thinking that allows the ends to justify the means, which added to a culture of promiscuity means that young women who are more than willing to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh may see being dishonest about it as no big deal.
Hmm am I the only one who can see some value in restraint? Am I the only one who thinks that being honest with the people that you have a relationship with has some value? Sadly it seems that such ideas do not have as much currency as would be good for society.