Jemma Beale was convicted on July 6, 2017 of perjury and obstruction of justice after falsely alleging between 2010 and 2013 that 15 men in southeast England had raped or sexual assaulted her.
Beale, 25, lives in the London suburb of Addlestone. She was arrest in June 2014, and in March 2016 she was charged with four counts of perjury and four counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly making false accusations that a total of 15 men were involved in five different incidents of her being raped or sexually assaulted from November 2010 to November 2013.
An investigation of all of Beale’s rape/sexual assault allegations began after police noticed inconsistencies in her allegation she was gang raped by a group of eight men in November 2013.
The five incidents Beale reported to police and the number of men involved in each were:
- Nov. 26, 2010. One man. Beale accused Mahad Cassim of raping her the previous night. Cassim’s trial in December 2011 ended in a mistrial, and after a retrial he was convicted in January 2012 of rape and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. In her victim impact statement Beale said the rape had a “devastating” effect on her, and “I feel that any sentence he receives will never reflect the life sentence that he gave me.” Beale was awarded £11,000 victim compensation by the British government. Cassim was released in January 2014 after two years in prison when the investigation of Beale discovered new evidence no rape occurred.
- July 7. 2012. One man. Beale accused Noam Shazad of grabbing her crotch her in The Windsor Castle Pub in the London suburb of Hounslow.
- July 7, 2012. Four men. Beale accused Shazad and three other men of gang raping her in an alley after she left The Windsor Castle Pub. She claimed barbed wire had been used on her by the men. Shazad was arrested on August 17, 2012 and charged with assault by penetration and sexual assault. Shazad was released on bail and fled England for Pakistan prior to his trial. The charges against Shazad were dismissed after the investigation of Beale discovered new evidence he didn’t rape her.
- September 2, 2013. Two men. Beale reported to police that two strangers sexually assaulted her outside her home in Addlestone. The mean weren’t identified and no one was charged.
- November 17, 2013. Eight men. Beale reported to police that four men in a group of eight, including two men she knew, gang raped her in the street in Feltham. She said the men were armed with a machete. Investigation of that allegation resulted in evidence she fabricated the incident and no one was charged.
During Beale’s trial that began in June 2017 the prosecution presented a combination of medical records, eyewitness testimony, and surveillance video evidence that undermined Beale’s claim about each of the alleged crimes.
Regarding the alleged July 7, 2012 gang rape after she left the Windsor Castle Pub, the prosecution introduced expert evidence that Beale self-inflicted the barbed wire wound she claimed was inflicted by her assailants. Evidence was also presented that the small wire basket Beale claimed the men used only contained her DNA — which Beale tried to explain away by saying she urinated on it after the assault. Surveillance video from the Windsor Castle Pub showed she had been abusive to Shazad without any provocation, and surveillance video also showed she walked home alone after leaving the pub.
Beale testified in her defense that she was a lesbian who had never had sex with a man, saying, “I ain’t bisexual at all.” However, evidence was presented that she had a long-term sexual relationship with a male. At one point during her cross-examination Beale stormed out of the courtroom.
The prosecution argued to the jury that the evidence showed “Jemma Beale was a determined liar who repeatedly went to great lengths to fabricate evidence in an attempt to see innocent men convicted, including telling deliberate lies under oath.”
After her five-week trial, the jury accepted the prosecution’s evidence that Beale was a fantasist and convicted her of all charges. The judge ordered that Beale be immediately taken into custody. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 24, 2017.
Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynott said after Beale’s convictions that she had been exposed as a “serial liar.” Lynott, who led the investigation into Beale’s false allegations, also said: “Her manipulation of the criminal justice system has caused police to direct significant amounts of resource into investigating her bogus complaints as well as her own offending. She has also significantly impacted on the NHS as a result of her complaints and used up many other limited resources that are relied upon by genuine survivors. Not only that, but she then went on to give false testimony at court, which resulted in the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a completely innocent man.”
It isn’t known if the government will seek return of the £11,000 victim compensation paid to Beale after Cassim was falsely convicted of raping her.