A 21-year-old student has been give a two year prison sentence after she lied about being raped in order to re-sit an A-level.
Naima Shereen Mirza alleged she had suffered two attacks, five months apart by the same man but her ‘web of lies and deceit’ – that cost thousands of pounds to investigate – was broken apart when police discovered that the man whom she accused was already in jail when the alleged attacks took place.
Mirza, who was a student at Edinburgh Academy at the time, denied that she’d lied to police between May 15, 2012 and April 2, 2013 when she told them she had been grabbed, dragged into bushes and raped but she could not convince the jury, who found her guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
A police officer who interviewed her said:
I had concerns about her hiding her face and running out of the room. I had the impression it was very well planned. I didn’t see any real distress or anything like that.
She eventually confessed that she had made the whole thing up because she wanted another year at school to get to Strathclyde University after she failed to get an A in chemistry so wanted to do a re-sit.
Sheriff Michael O’Grady told her:
In many years in these courts in one capacity or another, I have come across the whole range of hateful, hideous and downright bizarre things that people do to each other and the world at large, but I doubt, however, in all that time that I have encountered a course of conduct so strange, so needless and so hard to fathom as yours. It is a course of conduct that is selfish, devious and persistent to a truly remarkable degree.
You have to admit, he’s not wrong.