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Cell phone sends two evil scrubbers to jail for a false rape accusation

I have previously suggested that the fancy mobile phones that are so all pervasive these days have an important value as a self protection device; their ability to make a record of the events in your life could actaully prevent your life taking a very bad turn for the worse as this case from the UK demonstrates:

Weston and France were arrested in January on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

In two interviews Weston maintained that she had been raped, but in a third interview she broke down when she was shown the photographs.

Miss Branford-Wood added: ‘She said she had gone to Mr Gozalan’s house and had consensual sexual activity with both him and Miss France.

‘In police interview Miss France said she had made up the account to cover up the fact she had had sex with someone who was not her boyfriend.’

In a statement read to the court Mr Gozalan said the incident had ‘ruined’ his life.

He said: ‘I was shocked when I was arrested for rape. My first thought was that I was pleased I kept the photographs, which showed the girls were having a good time.

‘I do not understand why the girls would make up something which is nasty.

‘I have faced threats of attack following the allegations and have had sleepless nights. I hope I never see them again because they have ruined my life.’

France, of Southampton, Hants, and Weston, of Eastleigh, Hants, each admitted one count of perverting justice. They were jailed for 20 months each.

The court heard mother-of-two Weston accepted she had done wrong and feared going to jail because she wanted to look after her children.

Natalie Wood, defending France, said she had felt guilty about having sex with Mr Gozalan because she too had a boyfriend.

Judge Peter Ralls QC described their false rape claims as ‘wicked.’

He added: ‘The allegations you have made are of the most serious kind and were entirely false.

‘Although there had been sexual activity between you and Mr Gozalan and between you together, there was no force and it was consensual.

‘By supporting one another with these wicked allegations, you have aggravated matters.

‘If carried through, this man was at serious risk of being imprisoned for a long period of time, perhaps 10 years, perhaps indeterminately.

‘The consequences would have been catastrophic.

‘Perhaps you embarked on this because you felt ashamed. You undermine public confidence in rape cases and do society a misjustice.

‘Fortuitously Mr Gozalan was able to provide photographs. I dread to think what might have happened if he hadn’t.’

After the case Detective Sergeant Martin Myers said: ‘Hours of officers’ time were wasted which could have been used to investigate genuine reports of crime.

Some commentators laughed at my suggesting that when you manage to organise a casual leg-over that you should film explicit consent from your potential partner. I suspect that they may feel differently after hearing this example of how doing something rather close to my suggestion has both saved a man from a long and thoroughly undeserved ten stretch and sent his accusers to a well deserved sojourn in jail. Then again I wonder how much that reticence is down to the victory of the  short term desperation to get laid over the  long term desire for self preservation?

Cheers Comrades

Jail time for false rape accusation, again

Stacey Challoner and John Mulholland
Accuser and victim: Stacey Challoner, left, falsely accused John Mulholland of raping her after the two had consensual sex during a one-night stand. She was trying to divert the anger of her violent boyfriend

Manchester Crown Court heard Challoner of Moorfield Avenue, Denton, had told her long-term boyfriend she had been raped by Mr Mullholland after he suspected she had been cheating on him.

The mother-of-three broke down and confessed she had made up the rape and has since claimed to have produced a child due to the encounter with the victim.

Mr Mullholland later told police he’d been subjected to a hate campaign and considered killing himself.

He had been referred to as a rapist in the area and locals had spat at him in the street.

He has had to have CCTV fitted and he is considering moving away. His marriage is now under threat.

Challoner admitted perverting the course of justice.

Passing sentence, Judge Iain Hamilton told Challoner: “An allegation of rape is one which is very easy to make and can be difficult for anybody who is falsely accused to refute.

“Rape is a very serious offence and those who are accused of rape are often vilified or shunned by friends or acquaintances within their community.

“The reason that you made the allegation was to dispel any suspicion that your partner had that you had been unfaithful to him. The allegation you made is of such seriousness that any person should be put off making such a false allegation.

“Mr Mullholland is a married man with two children and the facts of the allegation created significant difficulties in his marriage.

“According to his statement, he even reached a stage where he had considered suicide. All these consequences came from the lie that you told.”

Daily Mail 

While I am considering notions of justice and appropriate punishments for breaches of the law I come across this little snippet and although I am glad to see that this silly young woman has gone to jail I have some reservations about the length of her sentence. I will concede that it is better than nothing. I still stand by my thoughts on this question that I covered in an earlier post  about another case though.

Cheers Comrades


Mark , justice for rape victims, and justice for the falsely accused.

One of my regular commentators, Mark L has been most vociferous in his criticism of my choosing to write about false accusations of rape on a number of occasions in this blog. Personally I find his attitude most bizarre considering that he is a teacher and that teachers as a group are often the subject of malicious allegations which are notoriously hard to disprove but more importantly even when such  unfounded allegations  are disproved they can and do leave indelible stains upon a teachers reputation. None the less he says :

I would be more concerned about one of my female students being raped, traumatised and abandoned by the police and the legal system, primarily because in the event of a false allegation I can look after myself and the system would work to protect me. As a father, I’m surprised you cannot see that.
Mark L

Now if all of the of rapes were as vicious and traumatic as the one that are keeping the Scaf brothers locked up in Goulburn Correctional Centre justice for rape victims would be oh so much easier. In that case there was no doubt that what they did was rape, there were witnesses other than the complainant, there was forensic evidence.  The prosecution had more than enough to send the scrotes to prison for a very long time (although no where near long enough in my opinion).

Serving 25 years...Mohammed Skaf.
Serving 25 years…Mohammed Skaf.

The attempted breach of Goulburn Correctional Centre’s security is the latest involving the Skaf brothers – Mohammed and Bilal.

Mohammed Skaf is serving 25 years for his role in three pack rapes involving four women in south-western Sydney in 2000. Bilal is serving 38 years for his role as the ringleader. In one attack, a 16-year-old female friend of Mohammed was lured to a Greenacre park where she was raped by Bilal and another man – who also held a gun to her head – while up to 12 others held her down.

The notorious brothers have a reputation for making trouble inside jail.

In 2002, authorities banned their mother, Baria, from visiting for two years after she was caught trying to smuggle out two letters from Bilal to his fiancee. The letters contained crude drawings of his cell’s layout and surrounding area.

About the same time the men’s father, Mustapha, was accused of offering a prison officer a bribe to be able to speak to his son on the phone.

In 2003 prison guards were horrified when they found a series of drawings by Bilal. They depicted his former girlfriend being sexually violated and executed with a machine-gun.

Such horrid and vicious sexual assaults are not however by any stretch of the imagination the majority. (and we should in many ways be thankful for that) most sexual assaults and rapes (so the statistics tell us ) are perpetrated by people known to their victims and here we come to the reason that so few cases result in successful prosecutions, there is just not enough evidence apart from the testimony of the complainant that any offence actually occurred. Even forensic evidence (such as DNA from the victim or the scene) will not be enough to secure a conviction if the accused asserts that the sexual acts were consensual. It becomes a matter of she said , he said and in a court of law we give the accused a presumption of innocence.
Our prosecutors do not automatically bring all cases before the courts because they have finite resources. There is instead a sort of legal triage that sees only those cases most likely to succeed brought in front of the beak. Cases that turn on she said , he said are not under this circumstance likely to get far and unless the complainant is insistent, many fail at the first hurdle.
Frankly I do not see how this is going to change no matter how loudly someone like myself may denounce this reality. If I make the obvious suggestions that young women should not put themselves into situations where a man may think that they are “up for it”. I have no doubt that I would be accused of “blaming the victim”. In practical terms what can we do to make any woman (or man) who is violated more able to get justice? Equally important how can we do this without abandoning the presumption of innocence for anyone accused of such a serious crime?

If anyone has any worthwhile suggestions I for one am keen to hear them but I don’t see any easy answer.

The other part of Mark’s statement that I quote above worries me even more. Only the most naive man could think that he would be able to weather the storm that would engulf his life were an accusation of a sexual nature to be maliciously  made against him.  His own opinion of another man accused or wrong doing and subsequently acquitted of the allegation most aptly demonstrates  that once such an allegation is made that the taint  will never goes away.

The court may have acquitted Howe because assault couldn’t be proven beyond reasonable doubt, but on the balance of probabilities his employer has deemed him too great a risk to re-employ, and justifiably so. Would you be happy having him transport your daughter in the back of an ambulance, Iain?

Mark L

A very similar approach exists within the teaching profession to the Ambulance service when it comes to allegations of impropriety. Up here in Queensland anyone working with children only has to be accused for their “Blue card” to be revoked and then they will find themselves virtually unemployable. A situation that does not change  even if the allegations are subsequently found to be groundless. I have no doubt that the reality is no different in all other states of the nation. None the less Mark seems to think that he could weather such a storm without his whole life crashing into a heap. But even if he did manage to do as he believes  he can, he must be incredibly naive to think that his work mates  would not nurse the same sort of suspicions of his suitability  to work with children as he himself has about Mr Howe working with vulnerable accident victims. They may well “deem” that he is “too great a risk” His career in the teaching profession may not be entirely over but it would be dead in the water.

I care very much about the teaching profession and I know that if there is one thing that our children need it is good male teachers and yet there is no profession that men are avoiding  more consistently  that teaching and this is not  because of the pay, it is because they fear being accused of sexual impropriety with a child.

I get the very strong impression that Mark thinks  there is a relationship  between the poor success rate for rape allegations in the courts and being concerned (as I have in this blog) with the issue of false accusations of rape. As i have pointed out earlier the problem in so many rape allegations is a lack of evidence in the crucial point of consent which turns on conflicting  accounts from the accused and the complainant. I am sure that what Mark’s objection to my pieces turns on is a desire to suggest that women do not ever lie about being raped (or that such lies are so rare as to be insignificant) Well even if such lies are as rare as Mark contends (and there is no reliable data to support his contention) we should remember that it is real people who are having their lives ruined by those malicious allegations, they are not just insignificant statistical anomalies that can be lightly dismissed  because they are a lesser evil than rape itself and as one blogger in a huge ocean of bloggers there is room for me to raise my voice for  the individuals who have suffered injustice, and I will continue to do so.

Cheers Comrades


On her way to jail for falsely accusing a man of rape.

amanda lang

A woman is facing jail for falsely claiming a soldier raped her after a boozy night out in an RAF bar.

Amanda Lang, 21, seduced Phillip Trowell as he celebrated the end of a training course at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The former call centre worker took the soldier back to her flat on the base and the pair had consensual sex.

Hours later, Mr Trowell, 21, flew out to Cyprus to rejoin the rest of his regiment. He was arrested there a short time later when Lang went to police.

She claimed she had been pushed to the ground and raped behind a church on the base after the pair left the bar.

Lang had been due to stand trial charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by making the false rape allegation earlier this month, but changed her plea to guilty.

Judge Julian Hall bailed Lang – who is known to friends as Tink after Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell because of her fascination with fairies – with the warning to “prepare to be going to prison” when she is sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today.

Daily Mail 

That she will be facing a custodial sentence is something that we should all be thankful for. The bigger question is just how much time will she serve for her lies? You can bet it will not be as much as the man she falsely accused would have faced had he been convicted on her fallacious claims…

Perhaps all young men should be taking advantage of the ability of their phone to record sound and vision and have any prospective sexual partners make a record of their consent before getting down and dirty…

You know it makes sense Comrades


Jail time for false accusations of rape

Rape is a very nasty and very serious matter. Which is why I have always believed that to make false accusations of this crime should be treated most seriously, in the UK a Judge thought so too.

Diane Berriman accused innocent landlord Paul Cook of raping her in his pubA woman who falsely claimed to have been raped by two different men – forcing them to spend time behind bars – has been jailed for eight months.

Diane Berriman, 31, accused innocent landlord Paul Cook, 54, of raping her in his pub last February – having previously claimed Cook had raped her in 2004.

She had also cried rape against another man named Trevor Hirst in the same year – so when the new allegations emerged suspicious police officers arrested her, and she confessed she had invented the attacks.

Sentencing Berriman at York Crown Court on September 21, Judge Paul Hoffman said: “The wider implication is that true victims of sexual crime are treated with suspicion and justice is not achieved.

“These offences are so serious only an immediate sentence of custody can be justified.”

Daily Mail

Sadly for many victims of rape the it often boils down to a case of he said she said on the matter of consent, with generally no other evidence. This also means that should someone wish to make a false claim it is relatively easy to do so. Eight months seems like a fairly light sentence though, because to my mind bearing false witness is right up there with Rape itself and should actually carry an equally harsh penalty.

Cheers Comrades

Bruce Lehrmann’s rape trial jury discharged

The jury of Bruce Lehrmann’s trial for the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has been discharged after a juror was found to have conducted their own research and brought a research paper on sexual assaults into the jury room.

The juror had brought in a research paper on sexual assault, which attempted to quantify the number of false complaints and interrogate the reasons for making false complaints. The use of the research paper was contrary to at least 17 directions given by the trial judge for the jurors not to conduct their own research or enquiries.

Jurors when sworn in promise to base their verdicts on the evidence in the trial, not extraneous material that may be controversial and which in any event has not been tested.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Rape case about to collapse

As I have suggested here at the Sandpit before there are big problems with proving any accusation of rape and the immanent  collapse of this very high profile case is a very good example of just why that is the case.

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Now I have watched various feminist orientated blogs go to town about this particular incident , working on the assumption that the woman making the accusation must be a paragon of virtue and veracity, because well she is a woman and women never lie about being raped now do they?

As I tried to suggest here the problem with  accusations of rape is that the legal  bone of contention is almost always one of consent and that it becomes a “she said /he said ” dichotomy which boils down to who is more credible about what happened?

Now if it turns out that this case does collapse where does that leave Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

Buggered politically and his professional life ruined as far as I can see.

Will the legal system give him justice for an accusation that is false?

Hmm sadly I think not, the man is ruined and he will live the rest of his life under a cloud while his accuser remains anonymous…

Is that justice?

Cheers Comrades


We can’t show you her face because she cried rape, but its fine to identify those she accused

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.

Innocent: Alex Lewis, left, was falsely accused of rape He spent 36 hours in custody

by a 16-year-old girl (whose face is obscured for legal reasons).

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.

Cheers Comrades

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