A student has been jailed for falsely accusing a taxi driver of sexual assault after he declined to accept cash that was covered in kebab grease.
Sophie Pointon, 22, had claimed she had been molested by the taxi driver after she was picked up from a night out, lying to cops because he refused to accept her kebab-stained £10 note.
The driver told the court in an emotional victim impact statement that he had been shunned by the Muslim community following the false claims and banned from entering the homes of friends.
He said: “I am now extremely reluctant to take lone females in case I am accused again.
“The girl who accused me is the same age as my own daughter – I cannot comprehend why she made this allegation.
“I feel religiously tainted from this, and no help from the police or the courts can help that.
“Friends stopped speaking to me and letting me into their homes.
“People in my community do not even want to be seen with me.”
Drunken Sophie Pointon, 22, dialled 999 to claim she had been molested as she returned home after a night out.
But she was jailed for 16 months after admitting perverting the course of justice.
Leeds Crown Court heard that the cabbie was unable to work for four weeks as a result of the bogus claim and was shunned by the Muslim community because of her lies.
Kate Bisset, prosecuting, said the cabbie remembered Pointon being “extremely drunk” when she got into his car holding a kebab.
She threw a £10 note at him when she wanted to get out but he refused to accept it as it was covered in oil.
The cabbie said that Pointon then became abusive and ran around the car opening doors.
The prosecutor added: “He did not think much of it at the time because such incidents with intoxicated people are not unusual.”
A recording of a conversation between the driver and a phone operator at his taxi office supported his account.
And a GPS tracker fitted to the motor proved that Pointon’s story about the taxi journey was untrue.
Pointon broke down in tears and asked if she could drop the charges when her account was challenged by police.
Denise Breen-Lawton, mitigating, said Pointon, of Manchester, had been studying in Leeds at the time.
She said her hopes of becoming a police officer were now ruined.
Jailing her, Judge Christopher Batty said: “Your malicious complaint has done a huge disservice to those seeking justice through the police and courts.”