A man falsely accused of rape by a cunning, manipulative woman spends 4 months in a maximum security jail.
Sarah Jane Parkinson dabbed at her dry eyes with a tissue. Pale-skinned, her long, shiny brown hair neatly pinned in a bun, a pair of horn-rimmed glasses lent her a bookish air, but her show of empathy seemed too little, too late. Sitting quietly inside Canberra magistrates’ court, she listened to the family who had welcomed her into their home tearfully describe the devastating emotional and financial toll of an ordeal that began when she falsely accused her former fiancé, Daniel Jones, of assault and rape.
Profoundly moved by the victim impact statements, magistrate Beth Campbell acknowledged the terrible consequences of Parkinson’s “incomprehensible, wicked behaviour”. Jones, a former ACT prison officer, found himself incarcerated in Goulburn maximum security jail for almost five months, fearing for his life. His parents, married for 32 years, separated under the strain, remortgaging their home for a fight that ultimately cost them $680,000. Police spent an estimated 900 hours investigating multiple false allegations against Jones and later his father Ian, diverting scarce public resources. Most disturbingly, Parkinson’s deceit made a mockery of genuine domestic and sexual violence cases.