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False rape charge woman had made up previous accusation.

A woman who told "a series of wicked lies" and falsely claimed her ex-husband raped her has been jailed for a year.

Sally Henderson (40), from Woodmancote, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, claimed she was the subject of a string of sex attacks.

Mature student Henderson was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after a week-long trial at Gloucester Crown Court in September.

Mother-of-two Henderson lied about her long distance lorry driver husband Richard Cooke, aged 39, raping her during their brief 2004 marriage.

Five years earlier, she made similar claims against live-in lover Mark Rowe, from Launceston, Cornwall.

Passing sentence at Bristol Crown Court yesterday, the judge Recorder Mr David Lane QC said: "You told a series of wicked lies against both men and in particular Mr Cooke.

"The jury may have formed the view, as I did, you are a skilful actress adept at making people believe you are a victim when you are nothing of the sort.

"You framed an innocent man, you accused him of the most serious offence to be brought against a man in the criminal calendar.

"The case against your husband was rot and the spotlight was turned on you."

The judge lifted a reporting restriction allowing Henderson to be named after the verdict.

Henderson claimed her ex-husband, who she met on the internet, viewed her as a sex object, demanded sex constantly and raped her at a friend's wedding reception.

But the jury heard the allegations were almost identical to previous claims made by Henderson against Mr Rowe, 42.

Both were questioned by police but neither was charged.

Mr Cooke said he suffered serious injuries in a crash shortly after his marriage to Henderson which left him unable to perform sexually. Henderson, who represented herself after sacking her legal team, showed no emotion as she was sentenced.

He said: "Because of the problems I was having, I was unable to fulfil my wife. She had a very healthy sexual appetite."

Mr Rowe, a father from Launceston, Cornwall, was also accused of raping Henderson.

He told the court that he met her in 1999 and they started a relationship shortly afterwards. But he broke off the relationship after Henderson tried to pressurise him into marriage.

He denied ever raping her, saying she was sexually in control of their relationship.

Afterwards, a Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "Thankfully cases such as this are rare and it is our hope that the conviction and sentence of Ms Henderson does not discourage those who have been genuine victims of rape or sexual assault from reporting the matter to police.
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