Bournemouth Woman Admits Making False Attempted Rape Claims

A 20-year-old Bournemouth woman has pleaded guilty to making false attempted rape allegations against two soldiers because she did not want to admit she had been unfaithful to her boyfriend.

Nicole Richess, from Helyar Road, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to perverting the course of justice.

A CPS spokeswoman said that the false allegations, made when she was aged 18, led to the soldiers being disciplined by the Army and the investigation put on their service records.

Richess will be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on March 26.

Following the conviction, Sophie Stevens, senior crown prosecutor for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team at the CPS, said:

“Attempting to rape someone is a very serious criminal offence.

 “Nicole Richess  made false allegations that two soldiers had attempted to rape her because she had been confronted by her boyfriend who had been made aware that she had been unfaithful.

“The investigation by Dorset Police into her allegations revealed that on Friday 9 November 2012, she went out for the evening with girlfriends in Bournemouth. They went clubbing and she, with one of her friends, met four young men, army soldiers.

 “Nicole Richess then took the two soldiers to her home where they had sexual intercourse. 

 “What she did not know is that her boyfriend of three years would be aware of what happened through rumours, as a result he  confronted her.

 “Scared she started to make up stories and after three days of being pressurised by her boyfriend she went to the police and said the soldiers had attempted to rape her.

“She maintained her story during the police investigation, which quickly revealed discrepancies in her statement.

“Her selfishness and lies had serious consequences professionally and personally on the two young men, who had to be disciplined according to the Army Policy. The investigation went on their record and this limited their opportunities to be mobilised abroad.

 “Their private lives had been exposed only because Nicole Richess could not take responsibility for her actions.

“We hope that with this conviction, they will be able to move on with their lives.”

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