A young mother has been jailed for making two false rape claims within hours of drunkenly sleeping with a friend’s partner.
Ashleigh Loder, 25, wasted at least 100 hours of police time by inventing the assaults.
She first told officers she had been attacked by two strangers in an alley before changing her story to say a man she knew had forced her to have sex in her home.
However the friend she had accused was able to prove his innocence because he had filmed the sexual encounter on his mobile phone.
The footage showed Loder, a mother-of-two from Bideford, Devon, was a willing and active sexual participant.
She was drunk on vodka and invented her story because the partner of the man with whom she’d had sex was a friend.
She feared the consequences of the other woman finding out what they had done. She broadcast her rape claims around Bideford and the man was forced to stay inside for two weeks to avoid reprisals, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Loder admitted perverting the course of justice and was jailed for six months.
Judge Phillip Wassall told her: ‘The man was branded a rapist locally and it caused him considerable distress and suffered threats within the local area and lost time off work.
‘One can only imagine what it is like to be accused of a very serious crime which could carry a sentence of around six years.’
Jonathan Barnes, prosecuting, said Loder called the police on the night of December 1 and said two strangers had raped her in an alley near her home as she left for a night out.