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Sex assault claim woman is named
Warren Blackwell
Warren Blackwell was freed after five years in prison
A woman who falsely accused a man of a sexual assault and saw him serve five years in jail has been named in the House of Lords.

The Labour peer Lord Campbell-Savours named the woman during exchanges about the rape laws.

Lord Campbell-Savours raised the case of Warren Blackwell, who was convicted at Northampton Crown Court in 1999.

He was freed by the Appeal Court last month after it emerged the woman had a history of mental illness and lying.

At the time, the Appeal Court judge Mr Justice Tugendhat pointed out there was a lifetime ban on revealing the name of a complainant in a sex case.

But he added that when Parliament passed the law granting anonymity to complainants in sex cases, it had not contemplated someone acting in the way the woman had in this case.

Parliamentary privilege allows Lord Campbell-Savours to name the woman in Parliament, but he is unable to discuss the case outside.




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