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Woman jailed for false rape claim

A 22-year-old woman has been jailed for six months after she admitted falsely accusing a man of rape.

Jessica Mauquoy, a charity shop worker from Tredworth in Gloucester, made the allegation in July.

At the city's crown court Mauquoy was sentenced to four months for perverting the course of justice and two months for an unrelated theft.

Speaking after the case, Det Con Sue Fereday said false claims discouraged genuine victims from coming forward.

She added: "Jessica Mauquoy's malicious and false allegation resulted in an innocent man being subjected to an investigation and hundreds of police hours being wasted.

"Reporting on this case is likely to have undermined the confidence of future genuine victims.

"It is for these reasons that false allegations are treated seriously, and why this case has ended in a custodial sentence."

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