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Sunday 31 August 2014

Law graduate said she was raped as exam-flunk excuse

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Rhiannon Brooker

A lying law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape so she would have an excuse for failing her legal exams is facing jail after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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Rhiannon Brooker (30), claimed Paul Fensome (46) forced her to have sex with him on 11 occasions and faked injuries to suggest he beat her.

The Birmingham law graduate even alleged Mr Fensome caused her to have a miscarriage by punching her in the stomach.

During the eight-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, jurors were told Brooker falsified the allegations because her party lifestyle led her to fail her bar assessments.

She is said to have told an exam committee that her performance suffered from "extenuating circumstances".

Mr Fensome, a 6ft 8in tall heavy-metal fan, was arrested, charged and held in custody for 36 days before police realised there was no evidence against him.

Brooker, of School Road, Frampton Cotterell, South Gloucestershire, denied 20 charges of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of justice between May 2011 and January 2012.

Brooker, who was released on bail, will be sentenced on June 26.

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