A young mother who tried to frame a secret lover for rape after her boyfriend found out about their one-night stand has been jailed for four months.
Stacey Challoner, 20, falsely claimed John Mullholland had attacked her in woodland before forcing her into intercourse.
Police later arrested Mr Mullholland, a 27-year-old married father-of-two and he was given a grilling about the incident.
But officers began investigating Challoner herself after he insisted he had a fling with her and described fully the inside of her house.
Manchester Crown Court heard Challoner of Moorfield Avenue, Denton, had told her long-term boyfriend she had been raped by Mr Mullholland after he suspected she had been cheating on him.
The mother-of-three broke down and confessed she had made up the rape and has since claimed to have produced a child due to the encounter with the victim.
Mr Mullholland later told police he’d been subjected to a hate campaign and considered killing himself.
He had been referred to as a rapist in the area and locals had spat at him in the street.
He has had to have CCTV fitted and he is considering moving away. His marriage is now under threat.
Challoner admitted perverting the course of justice.
Passing sentence, Judge Iain Hamilton told Challoner: “An allegation of rape is one which is very easy to make and can be difficult for anybody who is falsely accused to refute.
“Rape is a very serious offence and those who are accused of rape are often vilified or shunned by friends or acquaintances within their community.
“The reason that you made the allegation was to dispel any suspicion that your partner had that you had been unfaithful to him. The allegation you made is of such seriousness that any person should be put off making such a false allegation.
“Mr Mullholland is a married man with two children and the facts of the allegation created significant difficulties in his marriage.
“According to his statement, he even reached a stage where he had considered suicide. All these consequences came from the lie that you told.” Continue reading