Jilted lover falsley accused ex of a series of brutal rapes
By ANDREW LEVY - Last updated at 22:00pm on 2nd February 2007
Sarah Mealing falsely accused her ex-boyfriend of a series of rapes
A vengeful insurance company manager falsely accused her boyfriend of a series of brutal rapes when their relationship started to disintegrate.
Sarah Mealing, 43, told police Graham Fuller's attacks continued after they split and included one occasion when he looked on as he allowed three men to gang rape her.
Mr Fuller, a marketing manager, was arrested and interviewed by police three times - including one gruelling 13-hour period in custody - before officers confirmed his former lover was telling a pack of lies.
His "cast-iron" alibis included flying back from a stag-do in Jersey and attending a work party in Scotland.
Mealing also accused him of raping her when he was actually on a plane to South Africa with his new girlfriend.
During another alleged attack he was in a cinema watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Mealing now faces jail after a jury found her guilty of five charges of perverting the course of justice - four for rape and one for assault.
Judge Anthony Scott-Gall told her: "You were convicted on the clearest and most compelling evidence of making your former partner's life hell.
"You caused him to be arrested, interviewed, held in custody and questioned at work for what is a very serious allegation - namely rape."
Lewes Crown Court in Sussex heard the couple's 12-year relationship foundered after Mealing seriously injured her back by falling off a chair while trying to reach a cupboard.
She was unable to work at insurance giant Legal & General and started seeing a psychiatrist after she became depressed and began to drink heavily and self-harm.
As they grew apart Mealing began making the malicious allegations.
"I was being arrested and I was not able to go to work on a number of occasions," said Mr Fuller, 38.
"There were lots of telephone calls from Sarah to me and from me to Sarah and from the police."
He added: "It was a bit traumatic. I tried to support her but finally the relationship ended.
"It was a build-up of my frustrations and the accusations. I tried to get her help."
Speaking about the first rape claim, he said: "I was away in Jersey on a stag weekend. She knew I was away."
They split up at the end of 2004 and Mealing left their luxury flat in Hove to move to Brighton.
She claimed the attacks began on August 8, 2004, and continued at her new home until until October the following year.
Her harrowing accounts were so convincing police even arranged to have a panic alarm fitted at her flat.
Describing the gang rape in an interview, she said: "The men came in with Graham. One of them I'm sure I know.
"Graham watched, just watched. They took it in turns to rape me and Graham just watched.
"There were three of them. I think it was just to humiliate me."
Mr Fuller spent months under suspicion before his ex-girlfriend was arrested on March 1 last year.
Prosecutor Dianne Chan said: "In interview, she went from being quiet and withdrawn to aggressive and malicious."
During the week-long trial, Mr Fuller told the court he and Mealing had actually stopped having sex nine months before they split up.
The ordeal, he added, had put "considerable pressure on my career, my personal life and some financial strain as well".
Mealing claimed in her defence she had never meant for her ex-lover to be arrested and was merely "attention-seeking".
She is due to be sentenced next month. Judge Scott-Gall added: "This is a very sad case but a very serious case. Custody is an inevitability in most cases."
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