Good news: Hayley Carter, 23-year-old liar, jailed for a year. Bad news: her lies had led to an innocent man spending five months behind bars, awaiting trial

Our thanks to FP for this piece in the Metro. The start of the piece:

A woman has been jailed for a year after lying to police – and causing an innocent man to spend five months behind bars.

Hayley Carter’s lies were revealed when a friend filmed her at a New Year’s Eve party admitting the man she had helped to incriminate was innocent.

Pretty 23-year-old Carter, a switchboard operator, made a police statement which led to a man being charged with possessing a stolen shotgun and with handling stolen property in Crawley, West Sussex.

The fake statement also caused the Crown Prosecution Service to drop a case against another suspect.

Carter’s lies were exposed at the innocent man’s trial last year – where she failed to appear as a witness…

Carter was first given an 18-month community order which included 240 hours of unpaid community work and a £1,500 fine.

But the Court of Appeal decided Carter’s sentence was unduly lenient and she will instead face a year in prison.

At the end of the piece, some comedy (in the final paragraph):

Sussex Police’s Detective Sergeant Jon Robeson said: ‘Carter’s action caused a man to be in prison for five months awaiting trial, and also had the effect of causing the original case against the first man to be called into question so that it had to be withdrawn.’

He added: ‘The sentence sends the message that attempts to pervert the course of justice are taken very seriously and that people who make false statements to the police – and to the courts – must expect to face justice themselves.’

Holding women to account for perverting the course of justice is so vanishingly rare, that I doubt this case will even register with all the women who know they are above the law, simply on the grounds of their sex.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • cheannaich

    Rather than “Holding women to account”, some might suggest that if she is released on good behaviour then she might only spend as much time in prison as the innocent man. Considering that this sentence is a Court of Appeal judgement that increases the sentence from a fine, is it yet more evidence that our ‘justice system’ unduly favours females? A favoritism that our feminist MPs consider to be harsh treatment of women. Any softer and we would have to send them all on a cruise.