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Woman whose bogus rape claim landed man a seven year prison sentence is facing jail

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 06/07/2017 Sean Morrison

© Provided by Independent Print Limited A woman who made several false rape allegations, including one that saw an innocent man jailed for seven years, has been convicted.

Jemma Beale’s bogus complaints led to Mahad Cassim serving some of his sentence after she falsely claimed he raped her in November 2010.

Detectives launched an investigation into the 25-year-old after they received claims from one of her former girlfriends that she lied about the alleged incident.

Police found common discrepancies and similar circumstances between her allegation about Mr Cassim and another in which she said she was raped by a number of men.

In one case, Beale claimed she was attacked by Noam Shazad in a pub and then subjected to a serious sexual assault where she claimed barbed wire was used on her by a gang of three others in a Hounslow car park.

Mr Shazad was charged with assault by penetration and sexual assault, but fled the UK for Pakistan prior to his trial. All charges against him have since been dropped and he is no longer wanted in relation to any of these matters.

Beale was arrested in June 2014, but she maintained she was not making up any of the allegations - despite mounting evidence that they were false.

During the trial, she even accused four separate doctors and medical professionals that they had provided false evidence.

However, the jury found her guilty of four counts of perjury relating to false testimony provided during the trial and retrial against Mr Cassim.

And she was also found guilty of four counts of perverting the course of justice relating to three other incidents where she falsely claimed she had been sexually assaulted or raped.

Samuel Main, London Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer, said Beale’s false allegations “undermine the credibility of genuine victims.”

But he added: “However, this has been an unusual case and it is important for genuine victims of rape or sexual assault to understand that they should never fear coming forward to report the crime to police.”

The rape allegation made by Beale in 2010 led to the conviction of Mr Cassim, who was jailed for seven years.

Cassim subsequently appealed against his conviction and it was quashed at the Court of Appeal in July 2015.

This decision had been subject to reporting restrictions pending the completion of Beale’s trial.

Beale, of Bedfont, Hounslow, was found guilty of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice following a six-week trial at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, July 6.

She was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Thursday, 24 August.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynott, who led the investigation into Beale’s false allegations, said: “Beale has been exposed as a serial liar and I can only think that she was motivated partly by financial reward, but mainly the attention and control over her partners and family at the time she made the allegations.

“The impact on those she falsely accused has been devastating, however hopefully the outcome now fully exonerates all the men she falsely accused of such heinous crimes.”

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