A Wigan woman who falsely cried rape has narrowly avoided jail.
Police today blasted Deborah Davies, not only for wasting their time and resources, but also for undermining the plight of genuine sex assault victims.
They revealed that when arrested for perverting the course of justice the 35-year-old brazenly said: "That's why women don't report rape."
But having maintained her innocence during four interviews, she then admitted her lies when confronted with all the flaws in her story and claimed she did it because she "wanted some attention."
Davies, of Hilton Street, Ashton, was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work after pleading guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to making a false allegation of rape.
It was shortly before 1.30am on Wednesday, April 2, this year
that police were told a woman had been raped by one man and subjected to an attempted rape by a second stranger in an alleyway off Wigan Road.
The scene behind Mad Jack's and Queen's Theatre nightclubs were sealed off and an incident tent was erected to preserve the scene in bad weather while forensic experts scoured the area for clues.
Officers stood guard at the scene for 15 hours, house-to-house inquiries were made, the "victim" was given a physical examination at the specialist St Mary's Hospital in Manchester and CCTV footage was studied.
While the victim herself was quite plausible, albeit the worse for drink, it was the film footage which first aroused suspicions.
It gave a good view of the scene and showed no such attack taking place.
Full story in today's (Sat) Wigan Evening Post.