Our thanks to Francis for this. For once, with respect to women making false rape allegations, justice has been done. A clue for the police was that the man she named as her rapist was in prison at the time. The end of the article:
Sentencing Mirza, Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC told her: ‘In many years in these courts in one capacity or another, I have come across the whole range of hateful, hideous and downright bizarre things that people do to each other and the world at large.
‘But I doubt, however, in all that time that I have encountered a course of conduct so strange, so needless and so hard to fathom as yours.’
He added: ‘It is also a course of conduct that is selfish, devious and persistent to a truly remarkable degree’.
He said resources were diverted from ‘genuine crimes where genuine victims were anxiously and fearfully waiting for their assailants to be brought to book’, adding: ‘That is not only appalling, it is positively cruel.’
‘For almost a year you spun a web of lies and deceit of quite remarkable scope, intricacy and forethought.
‘Throughout that time, you caused huge amounts of public money and effort, not to mention the dedication and commitment of the police officers from whom we heard, to be needlessly expended for no other purpose than the gratification of watching them dance to your tune’.
The sentence and comments make a welcome change from the usual outcome in such cases, woman being given suspended sentences, then being told they’re very lucky not to be sent to prison.