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Rape lie woman Natasha Foster cried wolf after ex-lover's snub

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

A woman lied to police about being raped by an ex-boyfriend after he reneged on a promise they would get back together, a court has been told.

Natasha Foster told police she had suffered a serious sexual assault in November 2011.

But as the investigation into her claims got under way, the 23-year-old, from Ballymena, Co Antrim, admitted she had lied about the attack.

She was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice for knowingly making a false statement to police. She pleaded guilty to the offence in September.

The case was described in court as the ultimate example of "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".

Unknown to Foster at the time of the incident, she was carrying the child of the man she had wrongly accused of raping her.

Details of the case emerged at Antrim Crown Court yesterday where Foster was due to be sentenced.

The court was told Foster had slept with her former partner on the date in question after he said they could rekindle the relationship.

However, shortly afterwards he sent her a text message saying he had changed his mind, the court was told.

Angered by the rejection she concocted the sickening lie that she had been seriously sexually assaulted.

On the night the attack was alleged to have happened, Foster had invited her former partner, with whom she had split up with around two weeks previously, to her home.

Her current partner had been present but left when the other man arrived.

When he returned Foster told him she had been raped by her ex-boyfriend.

The former partner was arrested by police a short time later and spent 12 hours in custody.

He was subsequently released on bail. Three days later, Foster approached police to confess she had lied about being raped.

She said the couple had consensual sex but she was angry he would not commit to a full relationship again. He told her of his decision, the court heard, by text message a short time after he had left the property.

A defence lawyer said Foster had "kept herself to herself" over the past two years and "dedicated herself to her child".

Judge Desmond Marrinan said such false claims were massively damaging to victims of rape.

Judge Marrinan deferred sentencing until next week, remanding Foster in custody until then.

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The 23-year-old told police in November 2011 that she had been raped, but within days admitted she had lied.

However, before she told police the truth they had arrested, questioned and put the man falsely accused of her rape in a cell.

The mother-of-one said police didn't believe her at first when she came clean, and thought she was just trying to protect the man she falsely accused of raping her.

"They thought I was making it up. They thought I was lying to get him out of trouble," she told Sunday Life earlier this month.

"I really regret it, if I could turn back time and change it I would.

"It's taken two years for the court case to come about so it's just sort of hit me all at once now."

She also apologised for the repercussions her actions could have on genuine rape victims.

"At the end of the day there are rape victims out there and it has effectively messed their whole lives up. I can understand how angry they would be at me."

Foster said she had friends who were victims of sexual assaults.

"I have seen what they have gone through. They will never be right in their life again," she said.

"It was just selfishness, stupidity. I am ashamed of myself, to be quite honest."

The Ballymena woman said she was not afraid of going to jail but was concerned for her 14-month-old child's welfare.

Earlier this week criminal psychologist Jane Monckton-Smith said false rape claims were "very, very rare".

Commenting on a similar case, she said: "It's sometimes done for revenge or to gain sympathy, or it's mental health-related, or due to stresses in the woman's life. But of all the offences to be accused of, sexual offences are the worst.

"This is absolutely terrible because believeabilty is absolutely key and this kind of case sends a really bad message," she said.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... how a rejection by text led to revenge

Self-confessed compulsive liar Natasha Foster sought what she saw as the ultimate revenge for her ex-boyfriend's rejection of her by text message, just hours after they had slept together.

A prosecutor told the court that on November 22, 2011, police were called to Foster's house after she reported being raped.

The prosecutor said her former partner, with whom she had split two weeks previously, told how Foster had contacted him to ask if he would bring firewood to her house.

He arrived at around 7pm and spent a short-time gathering some clothes he had left at the property prior to moving out.

Foster's current partner left the house while her ex-boyfriend was there.

She originally told police that when she was alone with her former partner he confronted her as to why she was no longer with him.

She said he then grabbed her by the throat, pushed her on to a sofa and raped her. She alleged he then left the house with a grin on his face.

Foster told police she didn't tell her partner of the attack at first, instead washing her clothes and showering.

A short time later, on the same evening, she told her boyfriend she had been raped.

He rang the man she had accused who immediately travelled to the property.

Verbal then physical altercations ensued between the men, which carried out on to the street. Police arrived a short time later and her former partner was arrested.

He was questioned by police for 12 hours before being released on bail.

The rape accused told how he first learned of the claim when he was awoken by the phone call from Foster's partner accusing him of attacking her.

He initially told police there had been no sexual contact between himself and Foster, but later said there had been a degree of interaction.

At at earlier court sitting the judge said he was considering granting a defence request for a Newton hearing.

As part of that process, used by judges to decide a defendant's true culpability, Foster's innocent victim would have had to give evidence in an open court, running the risk that he would lose his anonymity.

Due to concerns about his identity being made public the judge decided against the move.

The victim of Foster's lies had faced having his reputation ruined and liberty taken away as a result of the case.

Foster told police she had lied about the rape as she was angry at being rejected by her former partner, referred to in court as 'Mr X'.

A defence lawyer said: "She told police it was his condition in getting back into a relationship, if she had sex.

"At the time she was in love with Mr X."

He told the court her new boyfriend was aware Foster may still have harboured feelings for the other man. This was why, it was claimed, he left the property that evening, to allow them to discuss the situation.

On his return Foster told him she had been set upon by the other man.

She had, in fact, consented to sexual contact on the assumption it would pave the way to restart their relationship.

"It's what's known colloquially as 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'," said the defence barrister.

He said Foster later admitted to a doctor she was "a compulsive liar".

The rape allegation, she said, was "an all-time low".

Judge Desmond Marrinan was told that since the incident the man has "a residual lack of confidence in women in terms of being placed in this position again".

Had Foster not admitted to her lies it was conceivable the rape case against the innocent man would have proceeded through the courts, the judge said.

Foster was remanded until she is sentenced next week. Her mother left the Antrim Courthouse alone, clutching her daughter's coat.

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