A Tyneside woman who falsely accused her husband of rape has escaped a prison sentence, after he forgave her.
Lynne Curry, 42, from Coatsworth Court in Bensham, Gateshead, admitted maliciously telling police that husband James had raped her on 22 June 2004.
She confessed weeks later while he was on police bail after being arrested.
On Monday, Curry was given a seven-month prison sentence suspended for two years, and left Newcastle Crown Court hand-in-hand with her husband.
She made the allegation while being treated in hospital for pancreatitis, telling ambulance and medical staff that her husband had raped and sexually assaulted her the night before.
He was subsequently arrested and quizzed over the allegations. He denied raping his wife and said sex had been consensual.
Curry, who has a history of alcohol and psychiatric problems, then vanished for a month before police were able to track her down.
She was found on 16 July and, during a police interview, admitted she made up the allegation.
She said her husband had been spending too much time with his ex-wife, and she wanted to hurt him, the court heard.
Curry was charged with intending to pervert the course of justice, an offence she admitted in January.
Judge Beatrice Bolton, who had earlier said she was considering custody, told the defendant of the seriousness of making false rape allegations.
"What it does is undermine the confidence the public has in the justice system," she said.
Curry, who was also given a two-year suspended sentence supervision order, said she was sorry for having wasted police time.