An innocent man almost lost his freedom after being accused of rape by a woman he dated through the internet.
Gary Wood was hoping for romance when he arranged to meet Natalie Jefferson after chatting to her online - but ended up facing a potential 10-year jail term.
Instead 27-year-old Jefferson is beginning a 12-month jail term after detectives saw through her lies.
Jefferson - also known as Natalie Dawn Dodsworth - had alleged Mr Wood attacked her on January 7 near Newcastle's Luckies bar and even agreed to go to a rape crisis centre.
But she was arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice after investigating officers interviewed Mr Wood and witnesses, as well as studying CCTV, and grew suspicious about her version of events. In court Jefferson admitted the charge.
She should have had a longer sentence. Idiots like her are the reason that real rape victims have such a horrendous time in courts! And her photo should be published too, not his! Fucking bitch.