Woman alleged assault in Swansea - but 'attacker' was in Cardiff
A WOMAN claimed her former partner had assaulted her in Swansea - when he was actually 40 miles in Cardiff.
Gemma West called police at 6.34pm on May 27, telling an operator that her former partner Christopher Rees had hit her minutes earlier during a dispute involving a dog lead.
She called 999 again at 6.39pm and said he had returned to her home in Sway Road in Morriston and threatened her.
On May 28 she made an official statement to police saying that the pair had been in her kitchen and Mr Rees had tried to take her dogs away and during a struggle with the lead, he hit her to the face, causing a cut to her nose.
After his arrest on June 5 Mr Rees gave an interview where he gave officers a list of people who could confirm he had been in Cardiff at the time she had alleged the assault took place.
Officers then had to scour CCTV from Port Talbot train station and make visits to a number of addresses to confirm Mr Rees’s story.
They had to visit his mother and found a train ticket from Port Talbot to Cardiff which he had purchased at 5.16pm.
When officers put that to her, West, aged 29, told them she had the time of the incident wrong and it had happened earlier.
West, who has made previous false reports to police, was then herself arrested for perverting the course of justice, an offence she later pleaded guilty to.
Recorder David Miller sentenced her to six months in prison.
He told West, who appeared by videolink, that making false allegations was a “serious offence.”
“Not only did you waste police tine and manpower which could have been investigating real crimes but they had to check alibis, CCTV and Christopher Rees, whatever he may have done to you in the past, he has spent 26 hours in custody when he shouldn’t have done.”