Yet another suspended sentence. From the article:
She was also originally charged with perverting the course of justice by making a malicious allegation of sexual assault, but this charge was dropped by the prosecution.
Why was the charge dropped, you may well ask? Maybe because it might have resulted in a prison sentence, and the criminal justice system wants to see fewer women in prison, ideally none?
Some weasel words from the judge in this extract:
Mendis pleaded guilty to one count of blackmail when she appeared in court on Friday.
Sentencing her, Judge Peter Clarke QC said: ‘I pass a sentence on the basis you have used the criminal justice system to attempt to get a large sum of money from your ex-lover.
‘There was obviously some bad blood between you and you demanded £200,000 and it was linked to a rape allegation that would be withdrawn.
‘There were matters where you were wronged and part of your motive was impure, it was revenge on a man you felt had betrayed you.’