This report is copied from the Daily Record, a Scottish newspaper.
Facebook rape plot liar: Woman made up claims, picked ‘attackers’ at random and tore own clothes in bid to keep partner
7 Jun 2013 07:48
LINSEY ATTRIDGE accused random men on Facebook in a bid to gain sympathy and comfort after fearing her relationship would break down.
A KICK BOXING instructor whose partner falsely claimed she had been raped by two strangers spoke of his two-year agony yesterday.
Linsey Attridge feared that her relationship with Nick Smith was on the rocks.
So she hatched a twisted plot to win his sympathy by accusing two men she picked at random on Facebook of rape.
Nick, 32, spent weeks comforting 31-year-old Attridge – only to learn she had made up the whole thing.
She claimed that the two men had broken into the Aberdeen home she shared with Nick at the time and attacked her.
Last night, after seeing the full extent of Attridge’s lies exposed in court when she admitted wasting police time, Nick spoke of his fury that she had not been jailed.
He said: “I’ve spent the last two years trying to build bridges with my parents, my sister and some of my friends – just because of everything that happened.
“I also feel sorry for the two guys on Facebook. I don’t know who they are. She just picked them off Facebook.
“They didn’t deserve that. These poor guys were tormented. They won’t get any compensation for this.”
On Wednesday, Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told Attridge had been in a relationship with Nick for around 18 months at the time of the incident.
The romance had hit the rocks and the couple looked destined to split.
But she thought she could save their relationship and get Nick to be more caring towards her by claiming to have been a rape victim.
She even punched herself in the face and ripped her own clothes to add credibility to her lie. She then pointed out two random strangers on Facebook to police as the alleged rapists.
The pair were detained, questioned and had to undergo forensic and medical examination before police ruled there was no evidence to support her claims.
Single mum Attridge, now of Grangemouth, was sentenced to do 200 hours’ community service.
Nick, who was at the court hoping to get some closure, slammed the sheriff’s decision not to jail her.
He said: “I think the sentence was ridiculous. I actually walked out of the court as soon as I heard it. I think the justice system has let us all down.
“Sitting in court and hearing all that was hard to take. But I’m glad it’s done and dusted and I can move on.
“It’s been really quite bad as, while we were together, I lost touch with family and friends. She started arguments with good friends and I think it was because they had figured her out.
“She doesn’t think about anyone else or the consequences of her actions. She should have been locked up.”
Attridge has 12 months to complete her community payback order. She was also placed under social work supervision.
Police refused to comment on the case.
Mrs.White comments on this case
Can we now expect to hear the various Feminist Rape Crisis Centres speak out and denounce this evil woman?
What is the likelihood that the “sisterhood” i.e Feminists, will publicly condemn her (and she is not the only woman to make a false accusation of rape?
Will we hear a chorus of disapproval from them?