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MALDON: Man and wife jailed over false rape claim

By This is Essex  |  Posted: March 25, 2010

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A COUPLE who invited a stranger to have sex behind a Maldon church and then made a false rape allegation against him have been jailed.

Mark and Elaine Noble, of Mundon Road, offered a Turkish man they met outside the Oak House Cafe Bar £20 for sex, Chelmsford Crown Court heard on Monday.

The wife, 42, pulled down the man's trousers and boxer shorts and performed a sex act on him at the back of All Saints Church in the High Street while her 45-year-old husband watched.


She then started reaching inside his pocket to find money and the man, who was feeling uncomfortable, decided to run away, prosecutor Stephanie Farrimond told the court.

She returned to the bar after the incident and banged on the door claiming she had been raped.

She said her husband had chased after the alleged attacker and they both continued the false allegation when police arrived.

However, the pair pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice on October 16 last year and Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC jailed them both for nine months on Monday.

The 18-year-old victim was kept in custody for 16 hours and intimate medical samples were taken.

The couple's false claim unravelled when a witness and CCTV backed up his account.

However, as a result of the allegation the victim lost his accommodation, his job and the trust of his family.

The judge told the Nobles: "A false allegation has an invidious affect on public confidence of the truth.

"Your contribution has been such that when genuine victims of rape complain they may be listened to with less attention and some suspicion they may have made it up, as you did."

Ms Farrimond said the pair had been drinking and taking cocaine and had been involved in threesomes in the past.

Investigating officer, DC Alison Cotter said after the hearing: "Every time a false allegation of rape is made it heightens the difficulty for those women who have been the victims of this horrendous crime.

"These two people have carried out a gross disservice to every genuine victim of a sexual offence.

"An innocent suspect was arrested and had to go through the ordeal of being held in custody and undergoing a medical examination that is intrusive and personal.


"He has had to endure the stigma of being suspected of a serious offence, only to be cleared of a crime he knew he had not committed.

"Detectives spent many hours of police time on this investigation while they could have been employed dealing with genuine cases."

The court was told that Mark Noble had been crippled after an industrial accident and his wife was his carer.

She lived an isolated life other than occasional trips to the pub with her husband.

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    Dave, Chelmsford  |  April 03 2010, 11:45AM

    Mermaid, it must be that time of the month again, heh!

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    Gravy, Chelmsford  |  April 01 2010, 5:14PM

    I have the misfortune to know of this husband and wife 'team' The poor Turkish lad must have been desperate, blind or both.

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    Steven, Chelmsford  |  March 30 2010, 11:07PM

    Mermaid; i was actually being sarcastic....

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    Lance , feared by the bad, loved by the good, Essex  |  March 30 2010, 5:00PM

    The scriptures never says what a husband and wife are or are not allowed to do sexually. Husbands and wives are instructed, ¿Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time (1 Corinthians 7:5a). This verse perhaps lays down the principle for sexual relations in marriage. ie. Whatever is done, it should be mutually agreed upon. No one should be encouraged or coerced to do something he or she is uncomfortable with or thinks is wrong. If a husband and wife both agree that they want to try something (e.g., swing, watch, swap, oral sex, different positions, sex toys, etc.), then the Bible does not give any reason why they cannot. Not sure that CCTV camera's in a Christian graveyard filming voyeurism were ever thought of thou ....?

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    Mermaid, Clacton  |  March 30 2010, 12:56PM

    "Witham will always pale in comparison..."? Are you having a laugh Dave? Witham is a lovely, peaceful place (or it was until it started being filled up with you lot from Chelmsford). Yes when I get my train home and all the morons get off at CHELMSFORD it is delightfully peaceful without hearing their painful attempts at shouting in some strange language you know "Yeah, like right mate sniff yeah" rather than theQueen's English as none of you Chelmsfordians seem to be able to talk at a reasonable level or with any intelligent conversation. Yes, so glad I don't live in your wonderfully cultural Chelmsford!!!!!! (Only a dimwit Chelmsfordian could think of it that way) Keep it! You lot should be locked up in there give the rest of us some peace.

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    karen, witham  |  March 30 2010, 10:40AM

    Thank you, Gary. 9 months = 4½ months for ruining sombody's life. BTW Dave, I was born, and lived in Cford for 34 years, until recently, so yours was just an ignorant comment.

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    Gary, Maldon  |  March 29 2010, 6:56PM

    Karen is right, The innocent man would have got a lot more than 9 months had He been found guilty, so they should have got a lot more to act as a deterrent against false rape claims.

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    Steven, Chelmsford  |  March 29 2010, 11:00AM

    Nicely put Dave. Of course Witham will always pale in comparison to the cultural and intellectual metropolis that is Chelmsford. By the way, if you're going to judge the intelligence of others by their comments, best brush up on your grammar.

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    Dave, Chelmsford  |  March 28 2010, 12:38PM

    Karen since when were you qualified to give judgement? Are you a Solicitor, Barrister or even a Judge......no didnt think so. I bet your idea of a comphrensive read, is reading the Sun...... no sorry Daily Star. I suppose it was a big giveaway the word WITHAM!

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    karen, witham  |  March 27 2010, 2:55PM

    Not nearly long enough.