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  • Cheating wife cried rape in text message to husband after fit of guilt over affair
  • By Chris Brooke
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  • 05/12/2009 Make a Comment (1)
  • Contributed by: BigJoe ( 9 articles in 2009 )
Wife who cried rape: Helen Dalby with husband Isaac on their wedding day in 2005. She was given a ten-month suspended jail sentence after admitting perverting the course of justice
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A wife who cried rape because she felt guilty about cheating on her husband in their home was spared jail yesterday.

Helen Dalby went to extraordinary lengths to stand by her false claim, having a full medical examination and even helping create an e-fit of her imaginary attacker.

But despite wasting £3,800 of public money and showing little regard for two men arrested, she was given a ten-month suspended jail sentence after admitting perverting the course of justice.

Judge David Tremberg told 35-year-old Dalby: 'The men (who came under suspicion) no doubt will have wondered what might have happened to them if this nightmare did not go away. Your lies diverted a massive amount of precious police time and resources from proper duty.'

Dalby's behaviour risked weakening the cases of genuine rape victims and allowing dangerous offenders to be acquitted, he added. In similar cases prison sentences of up to two years have been imposed.

But the judge ruled this case was 'exceptional' because Dalby did not act out of 'spite or malice', and imposed a more lenient sentence.

Yesterday she was back home with her husband Isaac, who has faithfully stood by her.

Problems with their sex life caused by his long hours at work had driven Dalby into the arms of another man, he said.

'I've been hurt by Helen but I don't want to lose her,' added 35-year-old cleaner Mr Dalby. 'She realises she is lucky not to go to prison. It is terrible what has happened for these two men and their families.'

Dalby had a three-month affair with a man she met through a telephone dating service, the court heard.

On 15 August, she had consensual sex with her lover at home in Grimsby before texting Mr Dalby to tell him she had been raped by a stranger.

David Cammies, prosecuting, said she later pretended to police that a man had followed her home, pushed her inside and attacked her in a bedroom.

Officers launched an investigation, seizing clothes, bedding and a cigarette butt.

Two innocent men - including her lover - were arrested and spent 'many hours' in custody before her lies were exposed, the court was told.

Outside Grimsby Crown Court, Dalby said: 'I am very, very sorry. It is the biggest mistake of my life. I didn't want to hurt anybody. Once I had said it, Isaac said we should call the police. It just snowballed.'

Police expressed surprise at the sentence and urged victims not to be put off from reporting genuine sex attacks.


    By:Kevin B from NSW, Aust on December 7, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
    What is this husband thinking taking his so called wife back after cheating on him, lying about the rape causing harm to innocent people and dragging him through the mud.

    Strewth... It would have been a good opportunity to divorce her and find someone better surely??

    This husband must genuinely love this woman and good on him for that. She doesn't deserve his loyalty but I hope she really appreciates him and makes up for her behaviour big time!!

    She is lucky not to be jailed compared with many men who do go to prison for lesser things.

    Anyway... here's hoping she has grown up as I'm sure she will not be given a second chance, not by the legal system, but by her her loyal husband who was obviously out working busting his balls to make a quid.

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