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Rape charge woman freed

Issue No. 2230

A woman jailed for “falsely retracting a claim of rape” was freed last week on appeal.

However her conviction remains and she will face a two year supervision order.

The Crown Prosecution Service had known she was a victim of domestic abuse who said she had been pressured by her husband to withdraw the allegations.

Clare McGlynn, professor of law at Durham University, told the Guardian, “How come a victim of domestic violence and rape is the one with a two-year community sentence and a criminal record?

“What does this say about the way the authorities deal with rape victims?”

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Tue 30 Nov 2010, 18:17 GMT
Issue No. 2230
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