A woman was jailed for falsely accusing a police officer of assaulting her, according to reports this month.
Halina Khan, 40, was sentenced to two years in prison after she admitted to making up a false claim of sexual assault against the officer, whom she had never met, reported the Daily Mail.
Her claim caused distress and suffering to the officer in Leicester in a move described by local U.K. officials as “wicked.”
The officer, a detective constable, was investigated for five weeks, costing more than $13,000.
Female escort, Halina Khan, who accused an innocent police officer she had never met of raping her in revenge for arresting her ex-husband over drugs offences case is jailed for two yearshttps://t.co/Tswr36BCUR
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Khan later admitted that she made it up.
Leicester Crown Court Judge Justice Cheema-Grubb said Khan carried out a “wicked crime” that had “serious consequences” for the detective.
“I’m told you’re remorseful, although there’s no evidence of that other than your guilty pleas,” she told Khan. “Rape is a profoundly hideous crime which all should find repulsive.”
The officer, who was unnamed, said that his life fell apart when the allegations surfaced. He was forced to take six months off work.
“I can’t explain why it affected me as it did,” he said at Leicester Crown Court, reported The Sun. “If I hadn’t been able to prove my innocence, I’d have lost my liberty.”
Reports say that Khan called emergency services and said there was an escort whose client had stolen her vehicle from a hotel in Leicester. Khan then told responding officers that a person had been hurt and pointed at a red mark at the hotel room floor.
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Khan was arrested on suspicion of causing injury, fighting with officers, as well as resisting arrest. Then, she claimed a detective sexually assaulted her the night before.
Khan then told police: “I made it up, there, I made it up.” She, however, didn’t give a statement to retract the allegation, forcing police to carry out an investigation, The Sun reported.
A Leicestershire police spokesperson told the paper: “Making a false allegation of rape is extremely serious, even more so when made against a police officer whose role it is to protect society from harm, and Khan will now face the consequences of her malicious and harmful allegation with a term of imprisonment.”