Williams was convicted by a jury in Preston Crown Court docket in January of acts tending and meant to pervert the course of justice.
On the time of the Fb put up, police suspected Williams’s wild allegations of violent rapes and sexual trafficking abroad had been fabricated and that she had crushed herself with a hammer to help her claims.
Decide Robert Altham mentioned he couldn’t clarify Williams’ motivation, however mentioned the accusations have been a “full fiction” that capitalized on actual situations during which males — typically of south Asian descent — had exploited teenage ladies by grooming them first with presents, booze and medicines earlier than abusing them.
“I’m certain she selected to lie about Asian males as a result of she was modeling her lies on different circumstances of nationwide prominence,” Altham mentioned. “She regarded the prospects of being believed as larger if she based mostly them on circumstances already within the public consciousness.”
Three of the accused males instructed authorities they tried to take their very own lives whereas beneath suspicion.
Williams had claimed that Mohammed Ramzan, a enterprise proprietor, had groomed her from the age of 12 and took her to Amsterdam the place she was pressured to have intercourse for cash and bought her at public sale.
Police later found that when Williams was within the Netherlands, Ramzan’s financial institution card was getting used again residence in Barrow. Her claims that he took her to Blackpool, threatened to kill her and the place she was brutally raped by a number of males collapsed when video confirmed she was there alone and had watched YouTube in her resort room, Altham mentioned.
Ramzan mentioned he acquired numerous demise threats from all over the world on social media. He was in such despair that he tried to kill himself in entrance of his household, had his automotive home windows smashed and his once-successful companies have been ruined, Altham mentioned.
“I’m undecided how my household and I are going to recuperate from this,” Ramzan instructed reporters outdoors court docket. “The mud sticks and I worry it might take a while.”
The worst turmoil in three a long time roiled Barrow, Altham mentioned, with the city divided between those that believed police have been complicit in a coverup of Williams’ allegations and others who feared vigilantes. The native newspaper was boycotted — and later folded — after reporting that Williams was beneath investigation for perverting justice.
Protection legal professional Louise Blackwell KC mentioned Williams maintains her allegations have been true.
Williams provided an apology of kinds in a letter to the court docket saying, “I’m not saying I’m responsible however I do know I’ve carried out mistaken on a few of this and I’m sorry.”
She mentioned she by no means instigated any of the unrest in her group, however Altham mentioned it was foreseeable that folks of Pakistani heritage could be focused based mostly on her put up.
“I’m devastated on the hassle that has been induced in Barrow,” she mentioned within the letter. “If I knew what penalties would have come from that standing I by no means would have posted it.”