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Hamiltons' accuser apologises
Nadine Milroy-Sloan
Nadine Milroy-Sloan denies perverting the course of justice

The woman who accused former Tory MP Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine of rape has apologised to them in court.

Trainee teacher Nadine Milroy-Sloan, 29, said she could have made a mistake.

The Hamiltons were arrested in 2001 after Ms Milroy-Sloan told police she had been raped by them, 62-year-old Barry Lehaney and a man called Andrew in Mr Lehaney's flat in Ilford, Essex.

However, the Hamiltons were cleared of any involvement and Ms Milroy-Sloan is now on trial at the Old Bailey accused of lying.

'Deeply sorry'

Giving evidence on Wednesday, Ms Milroy-Sloan said: "I see overwhelming evidence which suggests they could not be there.

If I have made a mistake, I am deeply, deeply sorry
Nadine Milroy-Sloan

"If I have made a mistake, I am deeply, deeply sorry. All I wanted all along was the right people to be brought to justice."

Ms Milroy-Sloan told the court she had exchanged explicitly sexual e-mails with Mr Lehaney, in which he had claimed to be the chauffeur of a Sir James and Lady Joan Hamilton.

She said she was told Sir James was an ex-MP and barrister, and his wife was bisexual.

"He said they were involved in sex parties involving high society people and tried to get me involved in prostitution in relation to the parties," she said.

Ms Milroy-Sloan said she met a couple at Mr Lehaney's flat who were introduced as the Hamiltons.

'I was raped'

Cross-examined by prosecuting lawyer Orlando Pownall, Ms Milroy-Sloan said: "I was absolutely convinced it was Neil and Christine Hamilton, but after listening and hearing the evidence, I accept it was very unlikely it would have been them.

"The position is I was raped and sexually assaulted that night. I know because I was there."

Christine and Neil Hamilton
The Hamiltons were cleared of the rape allegation

She added: "I believed it was Neil and Christine Hamilton when I made the allegation. Now I am not so sure. I am willing to accept I made a mistake."

Asked if she still believed that former Tatton MP Neil and Christine Hamilton were involved, Ms Milroy-Sloan said: "To an extent.

"I cannot change what has been in my mind since the events. It was an honest mistake. It was not done out of malice."

As well as clearing the Hamiltons, police dropped any action against Mr Lehaney, and the other man has never been identified.

Ms Milroy-Sloan, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, denies perverting the course of justice.




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