Eleanor Williams, 22, jailed fantasist who attacked herself with a hammer to back up her lies that she had been raped and trafficked by Asian grooming gang, received £55,000 of taxpayer cash

Our thanks to Tina for this. An extract:

Business owner Mohammed Ramzan, who Williams claimed had groomed her from the age of 12, was arrested over her lies and said he and his family received more than 500 death threats.

Hearing how much Williams received in legal aid, he told MailOnline: ‘It’s ridiculous. It’s shocking. It’s devastating because there are actual victims that need that money, and yet that money is being allowed to her for fabricating a story.

‘This is outrageous – they have taken taxpayers’ money. It’s ludicrous.

‘100 per cent I think there should be some sort of order put in place that when she gets out that money has to be paid back.

‘What she has done to the real victims – if you look at the opinion of the sisterhood on this matter it’s absolutely crazy.’

Defendants must pass a strict means test before they are granted legal aid and the Ministry of Justice seek repayment of the fees if they are found guilty and can afford to.

I think we can safely assume Eleanor Williams will never be required to repay so much as a penny of the £55,000.

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