UK: Man who falsely accused gay men of rape jailed for six years
A Herefordshire man who falsely claimed he was raped by four gay men has been jailed for six years.
Mark Wixey, 43, of Belmont, Herefordshire, received the sentence last week at Worcester Crown Court.
Worcester News reports Wixey was jailed for making false rape allegations against four gay men he met on dating websites.
He encountered three of the men on Gaydar and another on a site called Plenty of Fish, meeting up with men in various parts of the country but made false allegations which led to them being investigated and held by police.
The trial heard that one of the falsely accused took an overdose and another contemplated suicide.
Wixey was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice on 20 December 2012.
Initially denying the allegations, Wixey pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to all charges on 18 November.
Judge Robert Juckes QC sentenced him to six years, taking into account Wixey’s decision to plead guilty, he reduced the sentence from eight years to six.
He said the case was unique due to the number of victims and that lawyers were unable to source any previous case history of similar matters involving the victims.
Judge Juckes said Wixey was obviously a “troubled” man but drink had played a major part in the offences. At one stage he had tried to die by suicide.
DC Zoey Carter, the officer in the case for West Mercia Police, said: “The false allegation made by Mr Wixey in Worcester resulted in the arrest, detention and interview of an innocent man. As part of the detention process he was forensically examined and provided intimate samples.
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