Powys Rape Victim Wins Appeal

Picture of Justice at the Old Bailey, taken by John Linwood

Two weeks ago I wrote about a women from Powys who was gaoled after retracting a rape allegation, for “perverting the course of justice.”

To recap, have a look here.

Yesterday, she was released from prison after she successfully appealed against her sentence in the High Court.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge said a community sentence would have been a more compassionate punishment.  He said:

“The difference between the culpability of the individual who instigates a false complaint against an innocent man and the complainant who retracts a truthful allegation against a guilty man will often be very marked.

“When a woman has been raped, and more than once, by her husband, the father of her children and the man she reposes her trust, this manifests dominance, power and control over her.

“This woman, so ill treated, then becomes extremely vulnerable.”

He added that there should be “a broad measure of compassion” for victimised women.


About Rachel Conner

Rachel Conner is currently a postgraduate newspaper journalism student at Cardiff University. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Durham with an LLB. View all posts by Rachel Conner

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