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Mother jailed over false rape claim

PUBLISHED: 16:48 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 23 August 2010

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who falsely accused her former boyfriend of rape has been sentenced to nine months in prison. Tina Pemble, 43, of Kitchener Avenue, Gravesend appeared at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday. Pemble, who denied perverting the course of just

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who falsely accused her former boyfriend of rape has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Tina Pemble, 43, of Kitchener Avenue, Gravesend appeared at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday.

Pemble, who denied perverting the course of justice, had accused Sean Cotton of rape for the second time on May 19, 2006 after she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Asda, Thamesway, Gravesend.

She told police he went to her home posing as a delivery man and raped her.

However, Mr Cotton had an alibi, supported by his girlfriend and neighbour, that suggested he was at home asleep at the time of the alleged attack.

Sentencing Judge David Griffith Jones said: "A complaint of rape is of course a very serious matter indeed.

"But a false complaint of rape is one of the most serious perversions of the course of justice.

"In your case you pursued your allegations through to trial and the jury plainly rejected your account."

The court heard that Pemble had mental health problems going back to her childhood and psychiatric reports were ordered before the judge passed sentence.

Judge Griffith Jones added: "You have, I accept, some personal difficulties concerning your mental health for which you are deserving of sympathy, and I hope you can continue to get the help you need.

"I find it impossible to take any other view, because this matter is so serious, that only an immediate prison sentence could be justified for it."

Pemble and Mr Cotton started a relationship in 1995. The court heard that when they started living together things became volatile.

In February 2002 she made her first rape complaint against him, but a medical examination revealed no traces of intercourse and Mr Cotton was not charged.

At the sentencing, Pemble was told she would serve half of her sentence behind bars and would spend the rest of time on licence.

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