Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Rape lie Antrim woman named

Natasha Foster leaving Antrim Courthouse after appearing before the crown on charges relating to perverting the course of justice
Natasha Foster leaving Antrim Courthouse after appearing before the crown on charges relating to perverting the course of justice
Natasha Foster leaving Antrim Courthouse after appearing before the crown on charges relating to perverting the course of justice
Natasha Foster leaving Antrim Courthouse after appearing before the crown on charges relating to perverting the course of justice

This is the 22-year-old from Co Antrim who lied about being raped.

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

She was forced to admit to making the entire story up after officers began to investigate her claims.

At Antrim Crown Court on Thursday Foster pleaded guilty to a single charge of perverting the course of justice for knowingly making a false statement to police on November 22, 2011.

Fixing a date for sentencing Judge Desmond Marrinan — who ordered a pre-sentence report into the case — advised Foster to co-operate with probation services.

He said: “I am not going to say anything more until I hear the facts of the case but you have pleaded guilty and that is an important factor here.

“It means the person you made this allegation against does not have to appear in court.”

Judge Marrinan upheld a previous decision to protect the identity of Foster’s victim.

He added: “What I want to know is what drove you to make this allegation.”

Foster — who appeared in court wearing a black two-piece suit — will be sentenced on November 4.

In 2010 Newtownabbey woman Lindsay Gorman was jailed for nine months after admitting to making a false rape claim which had terrible consequences for an innocent young man.

The 20-year-old had caused widespread panic among students in the Holylands area after claiming she was attacked in Botanic Gardens.

An 18-year-old man was eventually arrested and charged with the 2008 attack.

He was freed on £3,500 bail after being forced to stand handcuffed in the dock while a lawyer publicly accused him of being a sex offender.

A detective even told the court that police had forensic evidence linking the man to a “high-profile stranger rape”.

He was only cleared when Gorman admitted to police she had told them a pack of lies.

In January this year shamed Dromore woman Belinda Potts Sneddon received a suspended jail term for falsely claiming to police she had been raped by a stranger in a local park.

Her ‘cry rape’ tale led to police racing to the scene and sealing off Dromore Park as they hunted for her attacker — but liar Belinda was wasting police time.

It emerged that Potts Sneddon, 22, was so embarrassed about having sex in bushes with an older man that she made up the rape story.

She only admitted her lies after being challenged by her mother, who told police her daughter invented the claims.

The Dromore woman was given a five-month jail sentence suspended for two years and fined £1,000 for wasting police time.

Potts Sneddon had sex with an older man in bushes at Dromore Park last August. She later told cops she went for a evening walk after downing four glasses of cheap alcohol in a friend's house.

She claimed a man attacked her from behind, pulled down her tracksuit bottoms and raped her. Potts Sneddon said she went to a friend's house before going to a fast food restaurant to tell pals about her ordeal.

It was a call from the restaurant that alerted police who quickly closed off Dromore Park in their hunt for the alleged sex attacker.

But when officers spoke to her friends they realised the Dromore woman had told them two different accounts of the attack.

In July a Welsh woman who made five false rape claims against ex-lovers was jailed.

Leanne Black repeatedly cried rape after rowing or breaking up with her former partners.

Some of the allegations dated back to 2006.

The 32 year-old — of Cwmbran, South Wales — was eventually jailed for two years in the summer after owning up to the lies.

Judge William Gaskell sentencing said genuine rape victims would be undermined by her lies.

And last month a woman who made up a false rape allegation against a taxi driver was jailed for 20 months.

 Angela England, 42, from Conwy, Wales, made the claim up in an attempt to make her partner “feel guilty”, a court heard.

She claimed the taxi driver had raped her near her home, but his vehicle was fitted with a tracking device which proved she was lying, the court heard.

Last month a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) report found rape victims were being punished because of “damaging myths” about false rape allegations.

 The report estimated that around two false rape allegations are made every month in the UK.

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