Year wait for ‘false rape’ trial


A woman accused of falsely claiming she had been sexually assaulted must wait until next May to stand trial.

Jemma Beale, 24, allegedly committed perjury while giving evidence at a trial at Isleworth Crown Court in 2012.

She is charged with two counts of perjury in relation to saying that an act of sexual activity between her and a man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was not consensual.

Beale also faces four counts of committing a series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice between July 7, 2012 and November 17, 2013.

She is yet to enter pleas to any of the six counts against her and is set to do so in November.

Tattooed Beale, whose eyebrow is pierced, appeared at Southwark Crown Court today (Thurs) and spoke only to confirm her name.

A provisional trial date was set for May 30, 2017 and case could last up to six weeks.

Judge Alistair McCreath granted Beale unconditional bail and said: ‘Your next obligation to the court is to return before this court on November 4.

‘When it comes to your trial, which is going to be in May of next year, you have got to turn up for it.

‘I am sure you will turn up for it but if you do not you commit an offence by not coming and secondly you run the risk that the trial may go ahead in your absence.’

Beale, of New Court, Addlestone, Surrey, has yet to enter pleas to two counts of perjury and four of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

She will return to Southwark Crown Court on November 4 to enter pleas.