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The Norwich Guardian
8:20am Wednesday 23rd July 2008
By Frances Kindon »
A MOTHER who claimed a masked man brutally raped and slashed her has gone on trial for wasting police time.
Police say mother of two Jaime Lamb cost Cheshire Constabulary £30,000 in wasted man-hours by fabricating the attack at her home in Esthers Way, Weaverham, in July last year.
- Her injuries were self inflicted, there is evidence that she broke the window herself and the audio tape does not support the defendant’s version of events.
- Prosecutor Martin McRobby
Lamb, 26, maintains a man forced her to have sex as her children slept upstairs before slicing her face, stomach and legs with a knife.
But prosecutors say she staged the attack and inflicted the injuries on herself after being rejected by two men in one night.
Lamb, who was taking anti-depressant tablets at the time, told officers she went downstairs after being woken by the sound of her window being smashed at around 5.30am.
There was a knock at the door and thinking it was her ex-partner, who she had telephoned for help, she opened it, but was faced with a man wearing a cartoon mask.
Lamb said he chased her into the kitchen before pinning her down and subjecting her to a violent attack telling her: “Be a good girl, remember your babies are sleeping upstairs.”
Opening the three-day trial at Knutsford Crown Court on Monday, Martin McRobby, prosecuting, said forensic tests on the defendant’s dressing gown indicated she had broken the window herself and sound recordings from a neighbour’s CCTV revealed the glass was only smashed after she made the call to her former partner.
Medical professionals are also due to give evidence stating her injuries were consistent with self harm and not rape.
Mr McRobby said: “The case is totally false and ficticious. Her injuries were self inflicted, there is evidence that she broke the window herself and the audio tape does not support the defendant’s version of events.”
Lamb, who had been drinking, smoking cannabis and sniffing cocaine earlier that night, said she spent the evening with blind date Thomas Walsh before going to bed alone at around 2am, not waking until her window smashed.
But Mr McRobby said she texted Mr Walsh at 4.15am asking him to return. He refused.
She then texted former long-term partner Mark Taylor at 5am asking him to come over but he too refused, saying he had been drinking and could not drive. She then called him to say her window had been smashed.
Mr McRobby said: “She called Mr Taylor to say something had happened then caused it to happen herself.
“If the court finds that she did so, she has a number of personal issues that need to be addressed. It may have been a cry for help or something to do with being rejected by two men in one night.”
The case continues.