Another false rape allegation that put an innocent man in jail
In amazing ingratitude, the evil woman targeted someone who helped her. She is pretty plain-looking so maybe she was just embittered by her failure with men generally.
The police and prosecutors were very much at fault for accepting uncorroborated allegations as grounds to deny bail. They were no doubt influenced by the "believe the woman" chant coming from feminists. But they should not have accepted such a non-judicial policy
A young woman, whose actions led to a good Samaritan being locked up in a maximum-security jail for a week after she lied and claimed he had stalked and sexually assaulted her, has made another accusation.
Caitlyn Gray, 19 at the time of the offence, fronted Bankstown Local Court yesterday accused of lying for days over the way Sydney dad Kenan Basic behaved after he spent more than two hours helping her get her damaged car back on the road at a local BP petrol station.
Mr Basic, 36, lost his job, was served with divorce papers from his wife and spent a week in Silverwater Jail in Sydney’s west after he was accused of the horrific crime on November 22 last year.
Gray initially claimed the father-of-one lunged at her and grabbed her breast and vagina after she refused his advances as “payment” for helping with her car. She then claimed he stalked her through the streets of western Sydney before she called her boyfriend, who reported it to police.
Seven days later, Gray admitted to making the whole thing up.
In sentencing submissions, the prosecution said Gray’s lie was “an offence that strikes at the heart of the judicial system.”
“If not for CCTV footage and the follow-up investigation, Basic would’ve spent months in custody,” the prosecutor said. “There is no alternative other than a full-time custodial sentence.”
Gray’s defence lawyer Peter Kondich instead asked for the 20-year-old to be put on an intensive correction’s order.
Mr Kondich told the court Gray had been in counselling at the time of the incident and was on medication for depression. He also brought up her mental state, reminding the court the then 19-year-old had been in a car crash minutes before Mr Basic assisted her and was not in a “normal frame of mind”.
Mr Kondich also briefly touched on why Gray had made up the allegation, levelling another accusation at Mr Basic.
“The version of the accusation provided is because of a slight that was provided by Mr Basic by way of sexual innuendo,” Mr Kondich told the court. “She has taken offence to that and by that reason she has made the false and misleading statement to police.”
Magistrate Glenn Walsh adjourned Gray’s sentencing to August 9 where he said he expects to give a lengthy sentencing submission.
Following Gray’s sentence, Mr Basic plans to pursue the 20-year-old for the ordeal she put him through.
Mr Basic’s lawyer Mona Elbaba has always maintained the 36-year-old will sue Gray and NSW Police for his week in jail telling reporters in June her client “of course hoping for a jail sentence in the matter he was jailed”.
Today, Ms Elbaba doubled down, speaking about how Mr Basic was still struggling almost nine months after the accusation.
She said she expected higher damages to be laid against NSW Police considering Gray is only 20 years old and may not have many assets.
Mr Basic spent close to $20,000 on legal fees to fight the false charges, which is expected to form part of his lawsuit. He has also been unable to return to work as a handyman due to the psychological damage from his week in jail.
When asked why she lied, Gray said she “just wanted (Mr Basic) to go to jail”.
“He shouldn’t have said that to me. He was disgusting.”
Court documents did not explain what had been said to Gray.
Police then urgently worked into the late hours of November 29, calling senior police, lawyers and Parramatta court “informing them of Gray’s lies”, the statement of facts said.
An urgent bail application was scheduled for Mr Basic the next day, when he was released from custody after seven days behind bars.