London, Dec 4 (ANI): A woman in Britain has been jailed for a year for lying to the police that she had been raped even though she had consented to an alcohol-fuelled sex session with three men.
Sabrina Johnson, 25, performed sex acts on the three strangers she had met while walking home from a night out, and she woke up the following morning hung over and late for work.
Chelmsford Crown Court in Essex heard that Johnson, who is pregnant, told her boss she had been dragged into a park by two strangers and forced to perform oral sex on them.
Horrified workmates urged Johnson to report the attack to police, and detectives spent 311 hours investigating the alleged crime, at a cost of some 6,753 pounds.
The matter was cleared only after one of the men involved came forward with a voice recording that he had made on his mobile phone of Johnson consenting to the sex game.
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC jailed the three-months pregnant supermarket worker for 12 months after she pleaded guilty to a perverting the course of justice, and told her that her lies had caused fear.
"This was an allegation of a terrifying nature. There was heightened public fear of rapists, an atmosphere of fear that was created wholly unnecessarily," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
"One of the males, a prudent gentleman, recorded your consent on his mobile phone, including your image. But for his doing so he would have been very likely in deep trouble.
"The men had to make statements and supply their DNA to police officers, and it must have been a frightening experience, particularly for the man you identified.
"All he could say was that you had consented, but defendants often say so in rape cases, and juries are often invited not to believe them.
"The effects on the victim wrongly accused can be appalling, and might well have been in this case," he added. (ANI)