Lying Woman Laura Hood Jailed For 3 Years For Falsely Accusing Innocent Male Taxi Driver Of Rape
Laura Hood, 27, claimed innocent Haroon Yousaf, 29, attacked her in the back of his cab after a night out. Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard the taxi’s tracker device proved she had lied about the attack. She denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted and jailed for three years.
At sentencing, judge Julie Warburton said: “What you did strikes at the very heart of criminal justice. It has a tendency to damage the public perception of justice and can impact on the administration of justice in rape cases generally.”
Hood, of Onslow Road, Stockport, told the court she was innocent because she had not knowingly lied, and instead had a false belief of “something so clear in my head”. However, a consultant forensic psychiatrist concluded there was no medical or psychiatric explanation for Hood’s belief.
Judge Warburton said Mr Yousaf was arrested and put in handcuffs in front of fellow taxi drivers, interviewed by police and required to provide intimate samples, which he found “harrowing”. A second man was also arrested over the allegations.
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