False rape claim woman avoids jail
A woman who made a false complaint of rape was sentenced yesterday to two years on probation after a judge said she needed assistance for her mental health and addiction issues.
But Judge Patricia Smyth warned Krystal Alana Anderson that if she did not fully engage with the Probation Service she would be resentenced and she would "go into immediate custody".
Anderson (27), of Glenwood Park, Dummurry, pleaded guilty in June this year to a charge of perverting the course of justice.
Belfast Crown Court heard that in June 2016 police received a report from Anderson that she had been the victim of a serious sexual assault.
Prosecuting lawyer Gareth Purvis told the court that Anderson claimed the man raped her in the early hours of the morning in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.
She was taken to Antrim Area Hospital with cuts to her arm, which were later deemed to be self-inflicted.
Mr Purvis said that after Anderson named her alleged attacker he was arrested and taken to Musgrave police station.
He had to undergo a "humiliating process" by which "intimate testing" was carried out, spending eight hours in custody before being released on bail.
The following day Anderson rang police and said she wanted to withdraw her complaint and refused to attend a sexual assault referral centre.
But it was not until July 15, 2016 that she admitted to police that she had made a false allegation.
Asked why, she replied: "I try to push people to their limits... but I don't know why."
Defence barrister Sean Mullan said that Anderson had little recollection of the night as she had consumed three bottles of wine.
The court was told that she had a number of previous convictions and was jailed this year for disorderly behaviour and assault on police.
Passing sentence, Judge Smyth told Anderson that the victim in the case was "wholly innocent of any sexually offending towards you".
The judge added: "It is important to state that false complaints of rape are exceptionally serious.
"Not only do they result in very distressing consequences for the person accused, but in addition, false complaints of rape do a disservice to the many genuine victims of sexual violence."
Handing down a two-year probation order, Judge Smyth told Anderson that she must fully engage with the Probation Service and all recommended programmes of work to deal with her mental health and addiction issues.
She warned Anderson that if she failed to comply with the order, the matter would come back before the court and she would impose an immediate custodial sentence.