Our thanks to Steve for this. Extracts:
A mother-of-three made up claims about her ex spouting abuse down the phone at her, a Swindon court heard.
Tanya Iles, 34, went to the police after receiving a call from her ex-partner – in breach of a court non-molestation order – checking childcare arrangements and informing her he had lost his phone.
But she claimed he had threatened her on the call, telling the police as much in a 90-minute interview. Her ex was arrested but, having videoed himself making the call, was able to unmask the lie. [J4MB emphasis. You have to ask why he videod himself making the call – presumably because he had reason to lie? Had her previous lies led to the court non-molestation order?]
Sparing Iles an immediate prison sentence for perverting the course of justice, Judge Jason Taylor QC said: “You need to understand this and you need to understand this very clearly that false allegations are easily made and difficult to refute – and that is why this is so serious.”…
Prosecutor George Threlfall said Iles’ ex went to Cornwall in mid-July, just days after the non-molestation order was made. It was there he lost his phone, through which he emailed his ex to arrange childcare.
He returned a couple of days later and, because he was due to care for the children the next day, called the woman to check on the arrangements. He took the precaution of videoing the conversation using a friend’s phone.
Iles called the police, telling them he had been abusive and threatening. She later went to the police station, continued the lie through an hour-and-a-half police interview and signed a statement.
Her former partner was arrested but was able to show officers the video of the calls. Iles was re-interviewed and admitted she had made the allegations up.
Mr Threlfall said: “The gravamen of an offence such as this is false allegations are easily made and difficult to refute and in this case Miss Iles was almost certain to be believed and indeed was believed [J4MB emphasis] until the police viewed the video of the telephone call which her former partner had taken the precaution of making.”
Nicholas Clough, defending, said his client had made the original call to police on the spur of the moment. “She bitterly regrets her actions.”
She was genuinely remorseful [J4MB… that her lies had been discovered?} and had three young children who would all suffer if she was jailed. [J4MB emphasis: There we go. The “get out of jail free card”.]
Mr Clough added: “This is probably her one and only brush with the criminal justice system. She may well be a woman who needs help and guidance rather than simply punishment.” [J4MB emphasis: Alternatively, she may well be a woman who needs punishment.]
Iles, of Affleck Close, Toothill, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Judge Taylor sent her to the court cells for a couple of hours [J4MB emphasis: What a heartless beast the judge is!] before pronouncing sentence. He told her those convicted of perverting the course of justice almost inevitably go to prison because their crimes “strike at the very heart of the administration of justice”.
Describing her false report as a calculated act, Judge Taylor said: “You had lied about this offence. This went far beyond exaggeration. You deliberately attended the police station to make a false report and invented allegations over a 90-minute period before signing to say what you had said was the truth.”
Recognising her remorse and responsibilities to her children he suspended a 20-week prison sentence for two years, ordering she do 250 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation days.
He said: “If you commit any further offences let alone one as nasty as this you will going straight to custody.” [J4MB: No, she won’t. Women, especially women with childen, rarely do.]
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