Mid Wales

Powys rape case woman launches appeal

A woman jailed for falsely retracting rape charges against her husband has begun an appeal against her conviction.

The woman, 29, from Powys, was jailed at Mold Crown Court for eight months in November 2010 after admitting perverting the course of justice, but was freed on appeal within weeks.

The Court of Appeal imposed a community sentence with a two-year supervision order instead.

But the court is now being urged to overturn her conviction as unsafe.

The woman's husband was charged with six counts of rape in 2009 to which he pleaded not guilty, but she later said the allegations she had made were false.

The prosecution offered no evidence against him when he appeared at Mold Crown Court and not guilty verdicts were entered.

Initially, the woman was charged for making a false complaint, but she later asserted that it was the retraction, rather than the allegation of rape, which was false.

'Unusual case'

The woman's QC, Niall Quinn, told the latest hearing at the Court of Appeal in London that it was a "very unusual case".

He said "the system and what should have happened went awry as a result of errors on all quarters."

The woman was "undoubtedly the victim of prolonged and serious domestic violence and abuse and multiple rape", who was suffering "at all material times from a psychiatric disorder", he said.

When dealing with the sentence appeal in 2010, Lord Judge said that when she appeared at Mold Crown Court "her sentence had to be assessed on the basis that she had perverted the course of justice by falsely retracting a truthful allegation that her husband had indeed raped her".

Giving the background to her relationship at that hearing, he said: "On her account - and we emphasise that we have not heard his - she was subjected to violent abuse and became very fearful of him."

The case continues.

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