King’s Lynn woman jailed for making false rape claim
PUBLISHED: 16:52 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 07:42 05 May 2016
Archant Norfolk 2016
A King’s Lynn woman has been jailed for six months after falsely claiming she had been raped by two Eastern European men.
Wendy Wilson, 62, claimed she had been the victim of a violent attack at her home in Spenser Road, King’s Lynn, just days before Christmas in 2013.
She told police two men had broken into her home before assaulting and raping her.
Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team conducted detailed enquiries in the days and weeks after, through to January and February 2014.
However, as forensic, witness and financial enquiries progressed, officers began to question Wilson’s version of events.
During her sentencing at Norwich Crown Court today, it was revealed that the overall investigation cost £72,000.
The court heard how Wilson had not reported anything stolen or damaged during the alleged attack but was subsequently found to have attempted to claim more than £6,000 from her insurers.
In April 2014, Wilson was arrested and later charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the false allegations and fraud by false representation in relation to the insurance claim.
She was due to stand trial on February 10 after denying both offences at an earlier hearing, but changed her plea to guilty, admitting both offences.
The court heard that on December 22, 2013, Wilson reported to police that she had been at her home in Spenser Road when two men, who spoke with eastern European accents, broke into the house by forcing open a conservatory door.
Wilson claimed they forced her into her kitchen, threatened her with a knife, hit her with a metal bar and raped her.
In total, 76 officers worked on the enquiry between December 2013 and May 2014 at an approximate cost of £70,000.
Despite later pleading guilty to the offences, Wilson never offered an explanation in police interview for making the false allegations.
Commenting on the case, Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “Wilson deliberately fabricated this extremely serious incident for her own personal financial gain.
“It diverted resources at a very demanding time for the police, but far more importantly, I believe she has done a real disservice to genuine victims of similar types of crime and to the community as a whole.
“Furthermore, she claimed the offence had been committed by two men who spoke with eastern European accents, which had the potential to cause community tensions.
“This was an isolated and extreme case and victims of rape and sexual assault can continue to be confident in reporting incidents to police.
“If anything I believe this case demonstrates how seriously we take such cases and that officers will carry out comprehensive enquiries to bring offenders to justice.”