Essex Woman Jailed After Making 10 Rape Allegations Against Two Completely Innocent Men

A woman from Essex has been jailed after making 10 false rape claims against two men that led to 60 police investigations when the men she accused weren't even in the area at the times she claimed they attacked her.

Cathy Richardson, 35 has been jailed for 5 years and four months
Cathy Richardson, 35 has been jailed for 5 years and one month

Essex Police have voiced their disgust at 35-year-old Cathy Richardson for wasting police time, perverting the course of justice, and doing a "disservice" to real victims of sexual crimes.

Richardson, of North Road, Westcliff, made a number of allegations against two different men between January and May 2021.

The allegations resulted in officers carrying out 60 investigations, with one of the men she accused being arrested and having to undergo a forensic examination.

As police trawled through phone data, automatic number plate recognition, and CCTV, it became apparent that the alleged rapist was not even in the same area as Richardson when she claimed to have been attacked.

One of the accused even agreed with authorities to have a GPS tracking tag attached to his ankle that would notify the police where he was. On several occasions, data from the tag showed he was nowhere near the area when Richardson claimed an attack had taken place.

On May 28 last year, police arrested Richardson and charged her with perverting the course of justice.

Today, at Salisbury Crown Court she admitted 10 counts and was sentenced to five years and one month in prison.

Detective Inspector James Holmes, who led the investigation, said: "Whenever an allegation of rape or sexual assault comes to us, our starting point is to believe the person making that claim. They are awful offences and have a massive impact on those who've experienced them, and we have specialist officers and staff who support them and investigate.

"To begin with, Cathy Richardson's claims were no different and we carried out our enquiries with compassion and empathy. However, it quickly became clear the allegations Richardson had made were not what they seemed. Her claims do a great disservice to victims of rape and sexual assault who need our help and support. And they have had a huge impact on the lives of the two men she had accused.

"Her allegations led to a significant number of investigations which for our officers, taking up a huge amount of time and resources which we would have preferred to have directed towards helping genuine victims who really do need us."

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