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Devon woman sentenced over false sex abuse claim

Sophie Tucker Image copyright Irving of Exeter
Image caption Sophie Tucker invited the victim to her home and accused him of sexually abusing her when her fiance saw him leaving

A woman who falsely accused her fiance's boss of a sex attack was given an 18-month suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Sophie Tucker, 23, from Devon, admitted making up the allegation that he forced her into a sex act after the fiance saw his boss leaving her home.

Police later found intimate photos and messages she had sent to the man.

Tucker was ordered to attend a thinking skills course, by the judge at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge Ian Lawrie called her "selfish and cowardly".

The court heard she had invited the 50-year old to her home.

'Stupid thing to do'

The man spent almost seven hours in custody and had to submit to having samples taken by a nurse.

The court was told his business suffered.

Judge Lawrie told Tucker: "You must have known what you were doing was going to make life very difficult for [the victim].

"You showed selfishness and cowardice which are deeply unappealing."

She said: "I am thoroughly sorry about what I did and if I could do something to help him I would.

"It was a stupid thing to do. He has not done nothing. I wish I could undo it."

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