A criminology student who admitted to making up a story that she was raped by a cab driver has been sent to jail for 16 months.
Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Pointon, an aspiring police officer, originally told that she was sexually assaulted in the back of the cab after a night out in London, England back in April.
The driver was interviewed by police, who said Pointon was “extremely drunk” when she entered his car holding a kebab. He said Pointon threw money, covered in kebab oil, toward him for the ride. Because it was slathered in oil, the driver said he didn’t accept the form of payment. Pointon then reacted by running around the car and opening its doors, according to Yahoo UK. The driver said she became abusive.
A recording of a conversation between the driver and a phone operator at his taxi office backed up the driver's recollection of the event. A GPS tracker in the car further contradicted 22-year-old Pointon’s account, according to Yahoo UK.
As a result of Pointon’s rape allegations, the father of five was arrested and kept in custody for six hours. Because of the accusations, he was unable to work for four weeks, according to the Telegraph.
When pressed by police about her claims, Pointon broke down in tears and asked if she could drop the charges against the driver. She later pleaded guilty to perverting justice.
Christopher Batty, a judge, told her in court: “Your malicious complaint has done a huge disservice to those seeking justice through the police and courts.”