Prisoner fears for her safety after claims

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A WOMAN prisoner is living in fear for her safety after falsely accusing a fellow inmate of sexually assaulting her.

Siobhan Perry, 27, from Eastbourne, made the allegation against another prisoner while both of them were serving time at HMP Send, near Woking, Surrey.

But after a police investigation, Perry admitted she had made the whole story up, it was revealed at Guildford Crown Court.

The defendant pleaded guilty to doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice when she appeared via TV link at a plea and case management hearing on Friday (December 10).

The court was told it was not the first time that Perry had made false accusations of sexual assault. It was disclosed that she had concocted a similar tale against a prison officer a few months earlier.

Jill Beale, prosecuting, said, “She complained that the other prisoner had pushed her up against a wall and indecently assaulted her.”

“Later, the defendant admitted she had made the whole thing up.”

Mrs Beale said that Perry who was serving a three and a half year sentence had previously made an identical allegation against someone at the prison she was in.

John Evans, defending, said his client had now been moved to Styal Prison, Cheshire, following the allegation against the Surrey inmate.

“She has been transferred for her own safety,” he said. “Feelings are running high at Send Prison. Indeed, her safety cannot be guaranteed at any prison in the South of England.”

As a result, said Mr Evans, she was now a long way away from her family in Eastbourne.

He added that she was due for release in May next year (2011).

Judge Christopher Critchlow said, “False allegations against other prisoners are always serious because of the effect on the people targeted.”

Mr Evans added that Perry had retracted the accusations in both cases.

After hearing about the defendant’s mental problems, Judge Critchlow said he would pass a 12-month prison sentence.

He said she would serve half the term imposed – which would avoid jeopardising her release this summer.