Brighton woman jailed for false rape claim

Posted On 21 Feb 2014 at 10:21 am
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By Jenni Davidson

A Brighton woman has been jailed for perverting the course of justice after falsely claiming to have been raped.

Her story sparked fears that a serial attacker was at large in the city.

Sharlene James, 26, of Parham Close, Brighton, was found guilty of committing a series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice at Lewes Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 20 February).

She was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

The court heard that in the early hours of 8 November 2011 she claimed to have been pulled into the New Steine community gardens and raped by a man who had tried to engage her in conversation.

Police were already investigating a number of incidents in the Kemp Town area at the time of the allegation.

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes said: “As in all cases we took this report very seriously and were quick to respond.

“On launching an extensive investigation we quickly concluded that this offence did not take place and aside from raising unnecessary anxiety and alarm, many hours were wasted that could have been put to better use investigating genuine reports of crime.

“I would like to stress that this will not affect in any way our response to reports of sexual offences and I would urge anyone who is a victim to contact us, even if the incident happened a while ago.

“We will take your report seriously and it will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially.”

Sussex Police can be contacted by phone on 101 or by email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

  1. false rape Reply

    She should have been jailed for 6years . Women should be give the same sentence their victim would have received if wrongly convicted of rape — which is around 6 years

  2. false rape Reply

    She should have been jailed for 6years . Women should be give the same sentence their victim would have received if wrongly convicted of rape — which is around 6 years

  3. What Reply

    Why should she be jailed for 6 years? The article does not say she accused someone so she didn’t hurt anyone. She should be jailed, yes, for wasting police time and perverting the course of justice. But HOW on earth is attention seeking just as bad as raping someone, and causing someone severe trauma??
    Shows how little you care about real victims.

  4. What Reply

    Why should she be jailed for 6 years? The article does not say she accused someone so she didn’t hurt anyone. She should be jailed, yes, for wasting police time and perverting the course of justice. But HOW on earth is attention seeking just as bad as raping someone, and causing someone severe trauma??
    Shows how little you care about real victims.

  5. Jim Reply

    “But HOW on earth is attention seeking just as bad as raping someone, and causing someone severe trauma??”

    If she targeted a specific man or a man got his life turned upside down because of it then I agree with FR. If not then 2 years is fine.

  6. Jim Reply

    “But HOW on earth is attention seeking just as bad as raping someone, and causing someone severe trauma??”

    If she targeted a specific man or a man got his life turned upside down because of it then I agree with FR. If not then 2 years is fine.

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