A compulsive liar has been jailed for 16 months after falsely claiming she had been raped 11 times in nine years.
Elizabeth Jones, 22, made her first fabricated allegation to police in 2004 when she was aged just 13, Southampton Crown Court was told.
Police said that the young woman had accused at least one individual just because she did not like them anymore, putting innocent men through a ‘terrible emotional experience’.
Jones’ latest victim was arrested and quizzed for nine hours before being released without charge because CCTV footage disproved her claims she was forcibly taken to a property and raped.
They had an argument and she was angry with him, so decided to make her eleventh fabricated allegation of rape, police said.
It also emerged today that in 2009 she was given a ten month detention and training order for making up a sex attack.
Between 2005 and 2007 she had made eight other allegations, which police investigated, but she did not face court proceedings.
Police launched an investigation after Jones, from Southampton, Hampshire, instigated a friend to report she had been sexually assaulted.
She later went to the police station for a medical examination and repeated her allegation.
Prosecutor Jennie Rickman told Southampton Crown Court a man was arrested but he denied the rape allegation.
Ms Rickman said: ‘There is a history of her making false allegations of this nature and this is the 11th incident.
‘Police had to take her allegation seriously and carried out an appropriate investigation.
‘She was later arrested and accepted she had lied about being raped – she said she did it because she did not like him.’
Jones admitted to attempting to pervert the course of justice and was sentenced for 16 months.
Judge Derwin Hope said the offence was not only serious because of ‘the terrible emotional experience’ the man she accused had to endure, but also because it struck at the heart of the criminal justice system.
In mitigation, Megan Topliss revealed Jones’ disturbed childhood and the impact of being in care.
Jones immediately accepted she had lied when approached by the police and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
DC Tim Blanche, from Southampton’s Public Protection Department, was leading the investigation and revealed Miss Jones had ‘intimate contact’ with the last victim, ‘but they didn’t live together’.
‘The man was arrested and he gave a statement – he had to live his life with people accusing him of being a rapist,’ he said.
‘He became incredibly stressed and when he heard she got 16 months, he was disappointed and felt that the time wasn’t long enough, after what she put him through.’
DC Blanche felt that this was the ‘final straw’ for the 22-year-old woman, adding: ‘After the previous ten false allegations, Judge Hope felt that it was the final straw and had no choice but to sentence her to 16 months in prison.
‘The evidence in the case was so conclusive as the CCTV images were so clear.
‘I imagine that with the previous allegations the evidence hasn’t been there.
‘We encourage all victims to come forward, but sadly Elizabeth was one of the people that was not telling the truth.’