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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 18:27 GMT 19:27 UK
Man jailed for sex attack cleared
Warren Blackwell
Mr Blackwell said the ordeal had made him "a very angry man"
A married man who was jailed for five years for a violent sex attack has been cleared on appeal after it emerged that his alleged victim made it up.

Warren Blackwell, 36, of Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire, was convicted of indecently assaulting the woman after a New Year's Eve Party in 1998.

The Appeal Court said the conviction was unsafe after hearing that the complainant had an "ability to lie".

After the hearing Mr Blackwell said the ordeal had made him "a very angry" man.

In a statement he added: "I'd like to thank my family, mother and father who spent what to us was a massive amount of money to see this day come true.

'Similar allegations'

"My two children Holly and Liam and my partner Tanya who have stuck by me throughout and ever since I have been released have remained at my side even though this ordeal has made me a very angry person indeed."

Mr Blackwell was jailed for three years at Northampton Crown Court in 1999, but the sentence was later found to be "unduly lenient" and was increased to five years.

He was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

On Tuesday, Mr Justice Tugendhat, sitting with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Silber, concluded his conviction was "unsafe", after a report from the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The commission referred to new evidence which gave rise to a "very real doubt" over whether the complainant was a victim of any assault at all.

The court was told the complainant had made "strikingly similar allegations" about other sex attacks, had an "ability to lie" and a possible propensity to self harm.

The court recommended that the complainant's details be shared with police forces across the country in case she tried to repeat the accusations.




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