A woman has been convicted of perverting the course of justice after falsely reporting that she had been raped in St Leonards.
Natalia Sytnik, 24, unemployed, of Campbell Drive, Cardiff, pleaded guilty on July 17 to one count of committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice by falsely reporting that she had been raped in St Leonards on November 9, 2013.
She was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment.
Sytnik was living at a multi-occupancy address in St Leonards, in November 2013, when she alleged that she had been raped by a man and a woman living at the address.
The couple were arrested, detained in custody for a number of hours, they were subject of intimate forensic swabs and interview, before being released on bail.
During the course of the investigation it became abundantly clear to detectives that Sytnik was not telling the truth and was therefore subject herself to a full investigation. The couple were later released from bail without further action.
Detective Constable Naomi Morrison said: “All reports of sexual offences are taken very seriously and fully investigated.
“In this case it became clear that not only was there no evidence to support the claim, but all the evidence that we obtained pointed to her guilt.
“It is a very traumatic experience to be a victim of a sexual offence, and victims will always be given our full support,
“However it is also very traumatic to be falsely accused of such a serious offence.”
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