False rape claim lands woman with two-year jail sentence

The woman claimed to have been attacked in King George V Park, Bonnington. File picture: Google Maps
The woman claimed to have been attacked in King George V Park, Bonnington. File picture: Google Maps
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A WOMAN has been jailed for two years after falsely claiming she had been raped twice by the same man in the same park five months apart.

Naima Shereen Mirza, 21, had denied that on various occasions between May 15, 2012, and April 2, 2013, she falsely claimed to have been attacked in King George V Park, Bonnington.

But a jury of 12 women and three men found the former Edinburgh Academy pupil guilty after a nine-day trial.

Sheriff Michael O’Grady told Mirza: “For almost a year you spun a web of lies and deceit of quite remarkable scope, intricacy and forethought.

“Throughout that time, you caused huge amounts of public money and effort, not to mention the dedication and commitment of the police officers from whom we heard, to be needlessly expended for no other purpose than the gratification of watching them dance to your tune”.