An escort false claim caused suffering and distress to the Leicestershire officer, whom she had never met. In fact, the detective constable was subjected to a humiliating and unnecessary five-week investigation, which incurred forensic science costs of more than $13,000.
But it was all a false claim, 40-year-old Halina Khan pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a false rape claim.
Sentencing the 40-year-old escort at Leicester Crown Court, high court judge Justice Cheema-Grubb said Khan had committed “a wicked crime” which had “serious consequences” for the victim and his family.
According to reports, the false allegation came after Khan made a call to Leicestershire Police at 8 am on November 3, claiming her partner had taken her car without permission.
As two officers arrived at the Regency Hotel in Leicester, the defendant struggled to open the door of her room, so staff facilitated access. Khan said she was an escort, and that a client had taken her vehicle. She pointed to a red mark on the floor, implying the client had been hurt.
The officers attempted to arrest Khan on suspicion of causing injury, but she resisted and began shouting racist abuse at a female Sikh officer and a white male officer. She then shouted out the rape claim and named the detective who was not present as having raped her the previous night at the hotel.
However, Khan later told officers at the police station: “I made it up, there, I made it up.”
Khan used the innocent detective’s name because he was one of the officers in an earlier drugs investigation involving her second ex-husband in 2011, the court was told.
The innocent officer was at home with his wife and son when his colleagues went to his home at night to inform him of the complaint.
In a victim statement, he said the allegation caused an immense strain on his marriage and he was off work for six months with depression and anxiety.