A bride-to-be who lied about being raped after performing a sex act on her partner’s boss just days before they were due to get married has avoided jail. Sophie Tucker, 23, invited her fiance’s boss back to their home after exchanging a string of flirty texts with Carl Williamson, 51.
The mum-of-two had also exchanged saucy messages with him on Facebook, and had begun sending naked snaps of herself to his mobile phone. A court heard that upon arriving at her home, Williamson was thrown onto the sofa and she began performing a sex act.
But upon leaving her home he bumped into her partner and his employee Chris Hutchings, 28, who she was due to marry in just a matter of days. That is when she claimed she had been raped, saying that he had forced her to commit the sex act.
She alleged Mr Williamson – who runs a firm that provides first aid support for large events – grabbed her breast. She then told police officers that she was not strong enough to force him away.
Mr Williamson was arrested the next day and spent a harrowing seven hours in custody.
He was then put on police bail for 24 days until the rape allegation was dropped after Tucker confessed that it was a lie.
She said she lied because she was “scared” that Mr Hutchings would break up with her.
The mum also touched Mr Williamson under the table when the three shared a night out before the secret tryst, the court heard.
Adrian Chaplin, defending Tucker, said: “She is a young and immature woman who stupidly and selfishly got involved in a wholly inappropriate flirtation on the eve of her wedding.”
Mr Williamson told Exeter Crown Court in a victim personal statement that he was “treated like a criminal” and the false allegation had hit his business and caused him depression.
Tucker wept in the witness box, saying: “I am extremely sorry for what I have done.”
The mum, from Torrington, Devon, was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence after she admitted perverting justice.
Judge Ian Lawrie QC said: “She has to live with the shrapnel of her lies.”
He remanded Tucker in the court cells for 30 minutes before passing sentence.
The judge said he did not want Tucker’s children to “suffer for your actions and stupidity”.
Tucker’s partner Mr Hutchings sat outside the court with her mum while the case was being heard.