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Woman Falsely Accuses Two Army Soldiers Of Rape After Drunken Threesome

| by Jonathan Constante

A woman has been jailed for two and a half years after she falsely accused two army soldiers of rape.

Nicole Richess, 20, and her friend Laura Hillwood went out to Taboo nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset, on November 9, 2012. They met a group of four soldiers and they all went back to Hillwood’s home.

Hillwood walked into a bedroom and found Richess wearing only a bra and two soldiers in a “state of undress,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Hillwood ordered them to leave her house and they went to Richess’ home to continue their threesome. The following morning, Richess drove the soldiers back to U.K.'s Blandford Army Camp.

Richess had a boyfriend at the time of the incident and he was starting to hear rumors that she was unfaithful. When he confronted her, she “panicked” and told a lie that would cost her dearly.

She told her boyfriend of three years, Alex Ganter, that the two army soldiers walked in on her while she was changing. She said they forced themselves on her and tried to orally and anally rape her.

Ganter made Richess report the alleged incident to the police. She gave a “tearful” account of of the false story in a 65-minute recorded interview and the two soldiers were then arrested.

Upon further investigation, officers quickly realized that Richess had been lying. They got the accounts of the two soldiers and her friends about what really happened on that November night.

Richess was arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice. She denied the charge at first but pleaded guilty on the eve of the trial two years later.

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC told Richess that her false allegation had a “corrosive effect on criminal justice.”

“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,” Fuller said. “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.”

Richess wasted a total of 296 hours of police time with her false allegation. She was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

The two army soldiers, who were 23 and 24 years old at the time, issued a victim impact statement.

The 23-year-old said he was worried about his future as a soldier.

“The lasting effect of this case will follow me for many years and perhaps the rest of my life,” he said.

The 24-year-old was in disbelief that something like this could happen.

“I was petrified and couldn't believe this was happening to me,” he said. “It changed me as a person and I have become a lot quieter and less confident.

“My family were distraught about the allegations and the worry has been the biggest thing for me," the 24-year-old added.

Richess, who is currently seven months pregnant, reportedly made up the lie because her boyfriend at the time was “violent” and “controlling.”

In mitigation, Tony Ventham said that Richess “called the police because she was in a panic and because she’s stupid and immature.”

He added that Richess tried to commit suicide and has been struggling with depression ever since.

Source: Daily Mirror
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