A woman who falsely claimed that her ex-partner had drugged and raped her has been convicted of wasting police time.
Eighteen-year-old Hannah Sandover from Wiltshire, had been in a relationship with the man she accused for around 18-months when they split up, the MailOnline reports.
After the break-up, Sandover told her friend that he had spiked her water bottle and raped her in the back of his car while on a trip to Wiltshire.
Her concerned friend went to the police to report the incident and Sandover told officers: “He became forceful and pinned me down, I kept telling him to stop.
“I think he had drugged the water I was drinking.”
In her statement she said she got into the back seat after suffering with stomach cramps and wanting to stretch out, but that her partner had pounced on her.
Bizarrely, she told cops that a friend had been in the car at the time, but that they had headphones on so wasn’t aware of what was going on.
She was taken to a clinic to have an internal examination, and it was here she began to change her story, admitting that she hadn’t been drugged.
When her family questioned her about the allegations, she eventually confessed that the sex as consensual.
Appearing at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court,
Sandover admitted a charge of wasting police time.
Her defence lawyer Moses Tawo told the court: “She was too scared to admit she had been lying.
“The only person she told the story to was her friend, she never meant for it to be taken to the police and couldn’t tell me why she had told lies.
“She has faced some health issues, and when the only relationship she had with anyone ended, she panicked, which she now shows remorse for.”
Prosecutor Ryan Seneviratine said: “Miss
Sandover is extremely lucky that she didn’t get charged with perverting the course of justice, only due to her age and the fact she has no previous convictions.
“Her ex-boyfriend has said his confidence in approaching girls has been completely ruined.
“He was kept in custody for five-and-a-half hours and underwent intimate tests.
“And all because she wanted to get back at him.
“She had numerous times to say the allegations were lies, but she didn’t.”
Sandover will be sentenced on 8 June.