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Woman jailed for 10 years over false rape and sexual assault claims

Jemma Beale’s bogus allegations cost the police more than £250,000 and around 6,400 hours of work.

A woman who made a string of false rape and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.

Jemma Beale claimed she had been sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine, all strangers, in four different encounters over a period of three years.

The 25-year-old was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in July of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice.

Sentencing her on Thursday, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said: “This trial has revealed, what was then not obvious, that you are a very, very convincing liar and you enjoy being seen as a victim. The prosecution described your life as a ‘construct of bogus victimhood’.”

Prosecutor Madeleine Wolfe told the court police spent 6,400 hours investigating Beale’s claims at a cost of at least £250,000, and the trial cost at least £109,000.

Lawrence Henderson, defending, said Beale still maintains her innocence and is considering appealing.

The judge told Beale, from Bedfont, west London: “These offences usually began as a drunken attempt to get your partner’s sympathy or perhaps to arouse her jealousy. They each began impulsively, but what is particularly chilling is the manner in which you persisted in making allegations which you knew were untrue even to the extent of committing and repeating perjury.

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Jemma Beale (Metropolitan Police/PA)

“These false allegations of rape, false allegations which will inevitably be widely publicised, are likely to have the perverse impact of increasing the likelihood of guilty men going free. Cases such as this bring a real risk that a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted may not complain to the police for fear of not being believed.”

Detectives launched an investigation into Beale in December 2013 after hearing of a claim by one of her ex-girlfriends that a man had been wrongly jailed after Beale lied about being raped by him in November 2010.

Police said the information came to light when officers were investigating a separate allegation by Beale, where she claimed to have been raped by a number of men in November 2013.

With concerns over Beale’s account, officers reviewed four investigations into allegations of rape and sexual assault made by Beale, and found common discrepancies and similar circumstances within the allegations, which strengthened their suspicions that Beale may have fabricated them.

The Metropolitan Police said one rape allegation by Beale in 2010 led to the conviction of Mahad Cassim, who was jailed for seven years.

After the CPS and his defence team were alerted that there were doubts over the validity of Beale’s claims, the man subsequently appealed against his conviction and it was quashed at the Court of Appeal in July 2015.

Beale had also falsely claimed that she was groped by a stranger, Noam Shahzad, in a pub in July 2012. She said she was then gang-raped by him and a group of other men, and even injured herself to back up her claims.

Beale then fabricated similar allegations against six other men in 2013, claiming two strangers sexually assaulted her near her home before she suffered another gang rape by four others two months later.

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