Student Sophie Pointon jailed for falsely accusing cab driver of sexual assault after he rejected her kebab-stained money

Student jailed for 16 months after falsely accusing cab driver of sexual assault

Sophie Pointon had filed a claim in the wake of a night out in April (Credit: Twitter @ernstgraf)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A student has been jailed for falsely accusing a cab driver of sexual assault after she refused to accept her money.

Sophie Pointon had been on a night out in Leeds when she had climbed into the back of a taxi to return home in April. 

The criminology student contacted police in the wake of the journey, claiming she had been assaulted by the driver and signing a police statement. 

However, when investigators challenged her account after finding inconsistencies, she broke down and asked if she could drop the charges. 

It later emerged the driver had refused to accept a ten-pound note covered in oil from the kebab she was eating and by his account, Pointon had become abusive in response. 

She eventually pleaded to perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 16 months.