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Strood woman, 26, pleads guilty to false rape claim

PUBLISHED: 14:36 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:36 20 May 2013

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Stacey Wallace claimed to have been raped as she walked home from a Chatham nightclub

A woman who wasted 100 hours of police time falsely claiming to have been raped as she walked home from a Chatham nightclub has pleaded guilty.

Stacey Wallace, 26, of Humber Crescent, Strood, told police that in the early hours of October 20 last year four men had followed her over Rochester Bridge and that one of the men had raped her by a grass area near the bridge.

A man was arrested following an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and despite Wallace being kept updated, she made no further comment on the incident

During his police interview the man said that the sex was consensual and that he even gave Wallace his business card. The card was later found in Wallace’s pocket.

Officers seized CCTV which showed Wallace and the man walking with their arms around each other. Mobile phone communication records and evidence led officers to put it to Wallace that her allegation was false.

She was charged with wasting police time on November 1 last year.

Detective Constable Catherine Holmes said: “Wallace’s lies have led to the arrest of an innocent man who had to undergo extensive questioning and after which intimate forensic samples were taken from him.

“Her claims resulted in over 100 hours of police time being wasted, resources which could have been used helping victims of crime.”

Wallace will be sentenced on June 10.

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