Woman behind bars for false rape claim

Kirsty Debanks

Kirsty Debanks

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A WOMAN who made up a rape allegation and invented fake injuries was told her lies had undermined real victims as she was jailed yesterday.

Kirsty Debanks, from Coltsfoot Square, Greater Leys, Oxford, was jailed for eight months after admitting attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The 20-year-old made a false allegation that her former boyfriend Chris Newitt had raped her in her home on July 18 last year.

Debanks contacted police to make the complaint on the following day and repeated it during a two-hour interview on July 20.

But Jonathan Stone, prosecuting, said she made up the allegation with friends Danny Brackett and Tracey, whose surname was not given in court.

He said they inflicted fake injuries on her, including scratches on her back and bruises on her wrists, and called an ambulance after drinking heavily and taking crack cocaine.

The barrister told the court that Mr Newitt was arrested, interviewed and held in custody for about six hours.

Officers quickly confirmed his alibi, that he had been begging in George Street in Oxford on the evening of the supposed crime, by checking CCTV footage.

Debanks’ mother also contacted detectives to say she didn’t believe her daughter’s story and eventually Debanks herself called police to confess.

She was arrested on July 31 and was described as “smirking” during the interview with police where she admitted her crime.

Mr Stone said Mr Newitt had been in a relationship with the defendant and they had two children together.

He added that Debanks told officers she wanted her ex partner “to pay for everything he had done to her family”.

Yesterday at Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle told Debanks she had told “an utter lie” which made it harder for real victims of rape.

When the prison sentence was passed she started shaking and sobbing in the dock.

There were also tears from family members sitting in the public gallery.

Lucy Ffrench, defending, said her client suffered from a personality disorder and had lost her father to cancer in May 2012.

She said: “She is now willing to receive help from the appropriate places that can provide it rather than seeking attention in the wrong places as she has in this case.”

Judge Pringle said her crime was too serious for him to give her anything but an immediate prison sentence.

He told her: “Those who have suffered from genuine offences of rape are undermined by people like you.

“It gives the chance for defendants and their representatives to make out that it is known that quite often women make up these allegations.

“And you undermine the whole system of justice by making such a false allegation.”

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4:28am Mon 20 May 13

lfcaware says...

She should have got the same sentence as the victim would have received if convicted. What of her co conspirators?.
She should have got the same sentence as the victim would have received if convicted. What of her co conspirators?. lfcaware
  • Score: 26

12:07pm Tue 21 May 13

cornflake girl says...

Nice young lady sure her children will be very proud one day (NOT) i think its a fitting sentance - appalling that she would lie about something that has destroyed so many poor women life and "smirked"....
Nice young lady sure her children will be very proud one day (NOT) i think its a fitting sentance - appalling that she would lie about something that has destroyed so many poor women life and "smirked".... cornflake girl
  • Score: 21

5:17pm Wed 22 May 13

kalebsmummy2012 says...

shes a dirty scraggy **** she begs and lies, shes a druggy both of her children have been adopted because she left the first one on his own qand then after the second social ggave her a week to prove herself but it was too much for her not to take the crack. this girl difines the word TRAMP, LOWLIFE
shes a dirty scraggy **** she begs and lies, shes a druggy both of her children have been adopted because she left the first one on his own qand then after the second social ggave her a week to prove herself but it was too much for her not to take the crack. this girl difines the word TRAMP, LOWLIFE kalebsmummy2012
  • Score: 13

7:40pm Wed 22 May 13

aliej says...

I have known her since she was a young child and no one deserves the childhood she had. I would never condone what she has done, and justice has been done, but walk a mile in this girl's shoes before judging her. hopefully she will get the help she needs now and be able to improve her life. and before anyone starts ranting I fully understand the comments that have been posted and if i didn't known of her and her history i would probably be saying the same.
I have known her since she was a young child and no one deserves the childhood she had. I would never condone what she has done, and justice has been done, but walk a mile in this girl's shoes before judging her. hopefully she will get the help she needs now and be able to improve her life. and before anyone starts ranting I fully understand the comments that have been posted and if i didn't known of her and her history i would probably be saying the same. aliej
  • Score: -10

12:41pm Thu 23 May 13

Abartonresident says...

Regardless of her childhood, she is now a grown adult and is perfectly able to act decently. Surely if she had such a bad time, why would she inflict the same on her children. Don't suppose she has ever worked either.
Regardless of her childhood, she is now a grown adult and is perfectly able to act decently. Surely if she had such a bad time, why would she inflict the same on her children. Don't suppose she has ever worked either. Abartonresident
  • Score: 21

7:12pm Mon 27 May 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

aliej wrote:
I have known her since she was a young child and no one deserves the childhood she had. I would never condone what she has done, and justice has been done, but walk a mile in this girl's shoes before judging her. hopefully she will get the help she needs now and be able to improve her life. and before anyone starts ranting I fully understand the comments that have been posted and if i didn't known of her and her history i would probably be saying the same.
Thanks for that first hand insight...
[quote][p][bold]aliej[/bold] wrote: I have known her since she was a young child and no one deserves the childhood she had. I would never condone what she has done, and justice has been done, but walk a mile in this girl's shoes before judging her. hopefully she will get the help she needs now and be able to improve her life. and before anyone starts ranting I fully understand the comments that have been posted and if i didn't known of her and her history i would probably be saying the same.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that first hand insight... BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 5

9:29am Thu 30 May 13

snert says...

Walk a mile in her shoes? If I did, I'd walk to the job centre and get a job. I wouldn't walk to my dealer and score some scag.

Everyone has choices in life. Life owes you nothing at all. Society owes you nothing. Just because you have a poor upbringing, that does not mean that you're justified in becoming a parasitic druggy in society where you just take and give nothing back.

I've known plenty of people who've had poor upbringings and have turned out just fine bcause they made the right choices.

She deserved a harsher sentence.
Walk a mile in her shoes? If I did, I'd walk to the job centre and get a job. I wouldn't walk to my dealer and score some scag. Everyone has choices in life. Life owes you nothing at all. Society owes you nothing. Just because you have a poor upbringing, that does not mean that you're justified in becoming a parasitic druggy in society where you just take and give nothing back. I've known plenty of people who've had poor upbringings and have turned out just fine bcause they made the right choices. She deserved a harsher sentence. snert
  • Score: 18

10:00am Thu 30 May 13

lfcaware says...

snert wrote:
Walk a mile in her shoes? If I did, I'd walk to the job centre and get a job. I wouldn't walk to my dealer and score some scag.

Everyone has choices in life. Life owes you nothing at all. Society owes you nothing. Just because you have a poor upbringing, that does not mean that you're justified in becoming a parasitic druggy in society where you just take and give nothing back.

I've known plenty of people who've had poor upbringings and have turned out just fine bcause they made the right choices.

She deserved a harsher sentence.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". Her problem was crack not 'Skag'. High horse comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]snert[/bold] wrote: Walk a mile in her shoes? If I did, I'd walk to the job centre and get a job. I wouldn't walk to my dealer and score some scag. Everyone has choices in life. Life owes you nothing at all. Society owes you nothing. Just because you have a poor upbringing, that does not mean that you're justified in becoming a parasitic druggy in society where you just take and give nothing back. I've known plenty of people who've had poor upbringings and have turned out just fine bcause they made the right choices. She deserved a harsher sentence.[/p][/quote]"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". Her problem was crack not 'Skag'. High horse comes to mind. lfcaware
  • Score: -8

11:49am Wed 12 Jun 13

Dr S Brule says...

skag means drugs generally..
skag means drugs generally.. Dr S Brule
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Wed 12 Jun 13

lfcaware says...

Dr S Brule wrote:
skag means drugs generally..
Dr ?. Maybe Divinity.
[quote][p][bold]Dr S Brule[/bold] wrote: skag means drugs generally..[/p][/quote]Dr ?. Maybe Divinity. lfcaware
  • Score: 0

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