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Indian-origin student jailed for fake rape claims against ex-boyfriend in UK

Natasha Uttamsingh admitted four counts of intending to pervert the course of justice.

Published: 08th June 2016 07:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2016 07:57 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

LONDON: An Indian-origin university student has been jailed in the UK for 15 months for faking evidence to claim her ex-boyfriend raped and strangled her.

Natasha Uttamsingh wanted to keep Aakash Andrews in her life when he decided to break up with her, Guildford Crown Court in Surrey was told this week.

Judge Christopher Critchlow sentenced the 22-year-old to 15 months in prison yesterday after she admitted four counts of intending to pervert the course of justice and was ordered not to approach Andrews, his mother or his friends for at least five years, Daily Mirror reported.

Judge Critchlow said: "There was a false message put on his phone by you suggesting it was sent by him which indicated that he had raped you, all of which was false.

"You altered medical records from a doctor which was put before the family court in support of an application by you for a non-molestation order that you obtained.

"He was able to go before the court and show it should not have been made and it was rescinded.

"Then you produced false phone records on your mobile implying harassment by him. This was all an apparent charade.

"You have tried to influence a court by dishonestly altering medical records and tried to bring problems into Aakash Andrews' life and you have succeeded in doing that."

Uttamsingh was described as a good student who was part way through a midwifery course at university.

"This is a girl who did extremely well. She got very good grades at school and was a top of the class student who started a degree in midwifery," her defence lawyer said.

She is believed to be suffering from a personality disorder that made her alter a medical exam form to say police needed to investigate a made up attack by her ex-boyfriend.

Prosecutor Tony Prosser told the court: "The relationship was experiencing problems and Aakash had said that he wanted to end it. When he suggested finishing it she told him she was pregnant. He said he wanted to go away for a few days.

"She stood in front of him and said she would report him for domestic assault if he were to try to leave her. A call was made to the police, it was reported to come from a Nicola Smith which was the defendant using a false name.

"She then made an allegation he had strangled her to the point of unconsciousness and that she was assaulted on a daily basis. The next day she said she had been the subject to rape."

Uttamsingh's mother cried as her daughter was taken away from the dock to begin her sentence.

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