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Timeline: Hamilton accuser case
The verdict in the Hamilton sex case trial is the latest instalment in a bizarre story which started with a media frenzy involving everyone from publicist Max Clifford to TV presenter Louis Theroux.

2 May 2001:

Ms Milroy-Sloan visits publicist Max Clifford and claims she has been raped and sexually assaulted by a couple she believes are Neil and Christine Hamilton.

She claims to have compromising pictures and tapes of them. She is told to provide evidence.

5 May:

The Metropolitan Police are contacted by Ms Milroy-Sloan, who alleges a sex attack on her by Barry Lehaney, a couple introduced to her as the Hamiltons, and a third man identified only as Andrew.

10 August:

Neil and Christine Hamilton are arrested by the Met and questioned for five hours at Barkingside police station in east London.

They deny the allegations and point to Max Clifford's involvement. The couple are accompanied to the police station by TV presenter, Louis Theroux, who is making a BBC documentary about them.

11 August:

Mr Clifford tells Radio 4's Today programme that he acted correctly by telling his client Ms Milroy-Sloan to go to the police and report the rape allegations as soon as she revealed them.

13 August:

The Hamiltons are unhappy that the allegations against them are being taken seriously by the police and say they are considering suing them for unlawful arrest.

17 August:

Tony Tucker - former head of communications at the Scotch Whisky Association - says he and his daughter had dinner with the Hamiltons on the night of the alleged rape.

The Hamiltons also claim a shop receipt shows they were in Chelsea, west London, close to the time the rape was meant to have happened in east London.

19 August:

The News of the World publishes an interview with Ms Milroy-Sloan, in which she waives her right to anonymity and says she will "stand up and be counted" as the Hamiltons' "victim".

22 August:

The High Court grant the Hamiltons an injunction freezing Ms Milroy-Sloan's assets of 400,000 pending outcome of legal proceedings. She declares herself bankrupt.

28 August:

Police drop their investigation of the Hamiltons. A statement issued by the Metropolitan police says "the MPS has found no evidence to support the allegations".

All allegations of sexual assault are taken extremely seriously, the police say, and they have a duty to investigate them "as thoroughly as possible".

27 November:

Barry Lehaney, who was also accused of raping Ms Milroy-Sloan at his flat in Ilford, London, is cleared by the Metropolitan Police.

31 January 2002:

Police arrest Ms Milroy-Sloan in Grimsby. She is charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice in that "she knowingly made false allegations to police that others had committed criminal offences".

16 May 2003:

Nadine Milroy-Sloan is found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice following a trial at the Old Bailey in London.

13 June 2003:

Milroy-Sloan is sentenced to three years in prison, at London's Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court. She receives a sentence of three years for each offence, to run concurrently.




SEE ALSO:
Hamiltons' accuser apologises
07 May 03  |  England
Hamiltons' accuser 'sought fame'
31 Mar 03  |  England



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