Student spared jail after falsely accusing man of rape
Posted on 5:15pm Saturday 12th May 2012
York Psychology student Hannah Byron has been spared jail after making a false rape claim in an attempt to get her boyfriend back. The 20-year old fabricated the tale, leading to a man being arrested and detained for nine hours. Police strongly criticized Byron for putting the man through such an ordeal, for wasting their time, and possibly putting off genuine victims.
Byron said she had been raped by a man she was seen flirting with outside The Keys, in Yarm, Teesside, during a night out in March 2011. She gave police a description of the man, who she said had attacked her on a bridge then thrown money at her for a taxi ride home.
PC James Emery, of Cleveland Police, said: “The innocent victim of the defendant’s malicious report has been put through an enormous amount of stress, having found himself arrested, detained and questioned at length for an allegation that has now been proven to be fictitious.
Byron has been given a 12 month jail sentence with supervision, suspended for two years, and 150 hours of unpaid work.