A WOMAN who sparked a major police inquiry when she made a false allegation of rape has been jailed for six months.
Tracy Rowe's bogus claim led to a police inquiry costing £50,000 and a nightmare for a totally-innocent man in Sheepridge.
Rowe's claims led to 24-year-old Marco Ali Fatah being arrested by detectives, being held in police cells and questioned for hours.
He also lost his job and has been attacked.
But there was never any sex crime.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court heard that 33-year-old Rowe's claim meant the Iraqi refugee was kept in custody for more than 30 hours.
Yesterday Judge Kerry Macgill emphasised that Mr Fatah had had no physical contact with Rowe whatsoever and that he was a wholly innocent man.
Iraqi refugee Mr Fatah today told of his night mare of being held by police for two days.
Mr Fatah said: "I feel I have been violated by this false allegation. I fled persecution and now feel to have been persecuted again."
Mr Fatah married a Huddersfield girl in January and was arrested 10 days later.
The Iraqi Kurd who fled from political persecution under the Saddam Hussein regime, said: "It's been a terrible time from the moment I was arrested.
"I've worked hard in this country to settle into the community. I got a job and have done my best to improve my English. I was happy here. I respected people and they were friendly to me."
Marco's 20-year-old wife, Maryam, also suffered. She had high blood pressure and lost both her job and left her college course due to the stress of what happened.
The couple live in Sheepridge Road and Mr Fatah has been granted permission to stay in the UK for four years.
Mr Fatah, who used to work at Sheepridge Post Office, said: "Now my hope is that people treat me as they did before this terrible thing happened."
The court heard an intensive police inquiry, including detectives and scenes of crime officers, was launched in February after a man walking along Sheepridge Road, Sheepridge, came across a distressed Rowe and she told him she had been raped.
When she was questioned by police Rowe, who is registered blind because of problems with her eyesight, claimed to have been punched to the ground and pinned down before being raped.
She gave officers a vague description but said her attacker had a foreign accent and greasy hair.
Further police inquiries resulted in Mr Fatah, who worked in a nearby store, being arrested at work the next morning.
As well as being subjected to lengthy police interviews he also had to provide intimate samples.
The court heard that discrepancies in Rowe's account led to her being revisited by police but even after she had been told of Mr Fatah's arrest she did not confess to making the bogus claim for three weeks.
Mr Howard said as a result of publicity about the case Mr Fatah and his new wife had both lost their jobs and despite his innocence being referred to by the Examiner, he had been called a rapist by a group of men and one of them had punched him.
Rowe, of Browning Road, Deighton, pleaded guilty to a charge of doing acts tending or intended to pervert the course of justice.
Her barrister Ayshea Megyery explained how there had been sexual contact between her client and another man that night.
"It was that which led her to be in that state and when she said `I've been raped' she had absolutely no idea she was saying anything wrong. At that time she was saying something that she believed," added Miss Megyeru.