Published: 09:49, 21 November 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
by Paul Hooper
Scorned woman Tina Greenland plotted revenge for her one night of passion with the man she worked for.
The Folkestone mother-of-three flew into a fury after she felt rejected when Nicholas Mouna made it clear he did not want a relationship.
So the vengeful carer of Mr Mouna's child phoned the police and claimed she had been raped after her drink had been spiked.
Detectives arrested insurance broker Mr Mouna, but then examined messages between the two... and realised Greenland's texts betrayed her vicious lies.
One read: "Had a lovely night... hope you don't think that I'm a tart!"
Senior officers realised immediately the innocent Mr Mouna had been the victim of false allegations and, although he was never charged, he was suspended and then lost his job.
The 49-year-old, of Newbury Close, carried on her lying in the witness box – but her account was rejected by the jury.
She screamed: "Oh no, my God no" after being convicted of perverting the course of justice. She had denied the charge.
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl then jailed her for two years, quoting from poet William Congreve that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".
He added: "You have been found guilty on the clearest of evidence of making false allegations. But this is serious because people who make false allegations make it harder for real victims to be believed."
The jury at Canterbury Crown Court had heard how the morning after the fake rape in December last year, Greenland had texted Mr Mouna: "Hi Nick, just to say had a lovely night... I do hope you don't think I am some kind of tart for sleeping with you."
"this is serious because people who make false allegations make it harder for real victims to be believed...” – judge nigel van der bijl
The court heard how Mr Mouna – who is separated from his wife – has a daughter and employed the carer through an agency.
John Traversi, prosecuting, said: "In 2011 Greenland began caring for the girl and after a while she began asking Mr Mouna if he would like to go to a country club for a drink and she began sending him texts.
"These texts intrigued him and flattered him and they agreed to go out in December."
In December, the divorcee arrived at his home carrying a bottle of vodka after being "dropped off" by her daughter and the pair shared a kiss.
"They had some drinks and they sat on the sofa and put her arms around him and kissed again and had some more drinks," Mr Traversi said.
He added that during the evening Greenland felt dizzy and she became "hot and sweaty".
Greenland went upstairs and was sick, but returned later where they watched TV until "he felt tired".
The prosecutor added: "Both of them went upstairs and Greenland said: 'Which room?'. He said: 'The big one... if you want.'
"The two then got into bed where they had sexual intercourse and engaged in other sexual activity during the course of the night."
The court heard the following morning they woke up at 11am and had breakfast together before leaving.
"On the way home she asked if they would be seeing each other again... and he gave a half-hearted response," the prosecutor added.
Later in the day, Greenland texted him saying: "Hi Nick, just to say had a lovely night. Sorry about the sick and I do hope that you do not think that I am some kind of tart for sleeping with you.
"I would like to see you again and really do hope you do me. But if you don't want to I won't mind. Of course, it would be nice..."
The insurance broker replied that he "quite liked my single life", adding "I am quite happy to meet up with you and do it again with you".
She replied: "No, thanks for all that. I have just been used. Thanks a lot."
Hours later, Greenland took an overdose of tablets and vodka and was rushed to hospital after texting Mr Traversi: "Well I hope you sort your life out because at the moment I feel like ending mine. I have got vodka and pills I just hope I don't wake up."
Paul Hogben, defending, said after the verdict that the text that she had received "would have hurt anyone" and was read as "I don't want to see you anymore".
"She reacted in the wrong way and she did make some effort to try to stop the ball from rolling but the consequences were that Mr Mouna was investigated for rape," she added.
"She is not a bad person, but by the jury's verdict she did a bad thing. She made a terrible mistake in circumstances when she couldn't cope with rejection."
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