/ Woman who lied about rape is jailed

A woman who lied about being raped has been sentenced.

Beverley Brandreth (born 30/07/1992) of Altrincham Road, Sharston, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Today, 3 December 2012, she was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday 3 November 2011, police were called to Cecil Avenue in Sale following reports a woman had been raped in an alleyway.

Officers attended and spoke to the woman, who said she had been walking through a wooded area off Cecil Avenue at about 9.30pm that evening when a man approached her and punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious, before raping her.

Brandreth named her ‘attacker’ while being interviewed by specially-trained officers and a man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of rape, questioned and had forensic samples taken.

However, the detective investigating her report discovered a number of inconsistencies in her account and obtained independent evidence that proved she had fabricated the ‘attack’.

When she was later re-interviewed, Brandreth maintained she had been attacked despite overwhelming evidence proving her account was bogus, and she was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice.

The man arrested was released without charge.

Detective Constable Chris Aunins, of Trafford CID, said: "Greater Manchester Police would encourage anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual abuse to come forward. We treat every allegation seriously and will investigate thoroughly and without prejudice.

"We work extremely closely with the St Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre and have specially-trained officers who give a tremendous amount of time and support to anyone who has been a victim of rape. The support we gave to Brandreth shows just how seriously we take any allegation and I want to stress that in publicising this case, we want anyone who has been a genuine victim to speak to us because we can help not only you, but also put your attacker behind bars.

"However, we must also treat lying to the police about such an awful crime equally seriously. Unfortunately, false allegations make a mockery of the experiences suffered by genuine victims.

"In investigating this false claim, officers wasted countless hours interviewing witnesses and on paperwork when they could have been dealing with a genuine emergency, spent needless amounts of money obtaining forensic samples and created unwarranted upset and anxiety in the local community after issuing a media appeal.

"Not only that, but the man she alleged was responsible had to spend time in a custody cell, wrongly accused of an offence he did not commit. Unfairly, he has been put through a tremendous amount of stress when he is completely innocent."

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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