Jemma Beale, 25, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after she falsely accused 15 men of rape and sexual assault. One of her victims was falsely convicted and spent seven years jailed or in prison before Beale was caught.
Beale is a habitual liar who claims to have been a lesbian since the age of 10 with “no interest” in men reports the Daily Mail.
The West London criminal would injure herself with small cuts and bruises before making a complaint to police. Her deceitful claims sent Mahad Cassim, an innocent man and her first victim, to prison. She told authorities that Cassim had offered her a ride home and then raped her. It was later discovered that she exited the car and instructed Cassim to “get your pants down.”
In 2011 Cassim was tried for rape, and then re-tried in 2012 before a new jury. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Beale was awarded $11,000 as compensation.
“We drove for about ten minutes and while we were in the car we were talking and then she came and gave me a rub on my knuckles, my hand,” Cassim said. “She was asking me kind of questions, whilst rubbing my knuckles, asking, obviously about sex,” he continued. “I said ‘Are you sure?’ and she said yes – I asked three times ‘Are you sure?’ – and said OK.”
In 2013 police launched an investigation after one of Beale’s ex-girlfriends claimed that Beale had lied about being raped and sent an innocent man to prison. The Guardian reports that the officers were already investigating a recent report by Beale that she had been raped by several men. They soon found several discrepancies in her account that didn’t make sense.
Cassim’s defense team learned about the new police investigation and appealed his conviction, which was denied at the court of appeals in 2015.
Beale claimed that she was groped and gang raped by a group of men outside The Windsor Castle pub in 2013. Crime scene investigators examined the scene and DNA evidence which showed Beale’s injuries were self inflicted. She accused Noam Shahzad of groping her before participating in the gang rape. “The group of men did not exist,” said prosecutor John Price. A closed circuit security camera caught Beale assaulting Shahzad, which contradicted her claims that he attacked her.
Later that same year she accused two men of participating in another gang rape. “She described a gang rape at night in a street of the most appalling kind,” Price continued. “She alleged that she had been raped one after the other by four of a group of eight men, and she identified two of them as Luke Williams and Steven McCormack.” Willimas and McCormack were arrested but never charged. “She had not been raped,” Price said. “Nor had she been sexually assaulted on any of these occasions.”
Beale spent 5 weeks on trial at the Southwark Crown Court before a jury found her guilty on multiple counts of perjury and “perverting the course of justice.” Sentencing Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith was unforgiving as Beale continued to claim she was innocent. “This trial has revealed, what was then not obvious, that you are a very, very convincing liar and you enjoy being seen as a victim,” he said. “The prosecution described your life as a ‘construct of bogus victimhood’.”
“These offences usually began as a drunken attempt to get your partner’s sympathy or perhaps to arouse her jealousy,” the judge continued. “They each began impulsively, but what is particularly chilling is the manner in which you persisted in making allegations which you knew were untrue even to the extent of committing and repeating perjury.”
Judge Loraine-Smith condemned Beale for her lies. “These false allegations of rape, false allegations which will inevitably be widely publicized, are likely to have the perverse impact of increasing the likelihood of guilty men going free.” He explained her deceit will only make things harder for actual rape victims. “Cases such as this bring a real risk that a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted may not complain to the police for fear of not being believed.”
Beale was sentenced on August 24th, 2017 and given 10 years in prison.