TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Girl who cried rape after threesome with two soldiers has been jailed.
A girl who falsely accused two army soldiers of trying to rape her because she felt ashamed about sleeping with them both has been jailed.
Nicole Richess, 20, had a drunken threesome with the two servicemen at a friend’s house and then her own home at the end of a night out.
The following day her boyfriend, Alex Ganter, heard rumours she had been unfaithful and confronted her.
Richess ‘panicked’ and made up the false claim that the two innocent men, aged 23 and 24, had forced themselves on her because she was too ashamed to tell Mr Ganter she had cheated on him.
Mr Ganter, her partner of three years, made her go to the police to report the ‘attack’.
Richess even gave a ‘tearful’ account of the co-called crime to officers and ‘illicitly gained their empathy.’
Her ‘deceitful web of lies’ resulted in the arrest of the two soldiers, leaving them ‘distraught and petrified.’
However, officers began to realise Richess was lying when they gathered the accounts of the soldiers and her friends and she was charged with perverting the course of justice.
Funny, I’m constantly being told that women never lie about rape. And I like this:
Judge Jonathan Fuller QC said: “You made a determined and prolonged attempt to weave a picture of deceit to further your ends and you were prepared to make wholly false allegations of attempted rape against these innocent young men.
“The impact on these victims cannot be understated and false allegations of rape and attempted rape can have dreadful consequences.
“Every occasion of a proved false allegation has an insidious effect on public confidence, sometimes allowing doubts to creep into when one shouldn’t exist.
“Your offence has a corrosive effect on criminal justice.”
Lying about rape is a very serious offense, one that deserves serious punishment. But note that it’s still a man’s fault somehow:
In mitigation, Tony Ventham said Richess – who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant by her current partner – said she felt pressured in to reporting the false claims because her former boyfriend was ‘violent’ and ‘controlling’.
Richess had also taken cocaine for the first time that night.
Mr Ventham said: “She called the police because she was in a panic and because she’s stupid and immature.”
He added: “In December the following month she tried to commit suicide and had been struggling with depression ever since.”
Richess was told she would start her sentence in a young offenders’ institute.
Still, at least there’s some accountability.