Try to imagine that you've been accused of a very serious crime you did not commit, and you knew there was a possibility no one would believe you. Think of the terror of knowing you might be sent to prison for years and years, wrongly convicted, based soley on another person's lie.
That's what happened here. And the woman who told the lie is only getting four months jail time for her malice. The custodial sentence is far too short, but at least there was a custodial sentence -- which is better than many similar cases.
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Woman jailed for false rape claim
A 22-year-old woman has been jailed for six months after she admitted falsely accusing a man of rape.
Jessica Mauquoy, a charity shop worker from Tredworth in Gloucester, made the allegation in July.
At the city's crown court Mauquoy was sentenced to four months for perverting the course of justice and two months for an unrelated theft.
Speaking after the case, Det Con Sue Fereday said false claims discouraged genuine victims from coming forward.
She added: "Jessica Mauquoy's malicious and false allegation resulted in an innocent man being subjected to an investigation and hundreds of police hours being wasted.
"Reporting on this case is likely to have undermined the confidence of future genuine victims.
"It is for these reasons that false allegations are treated seriously, and why this case has ended in a custodial sentence."