A YOUNG Mansfield woman was wrongly held in police custody for two hours after being falsely accused of assault by a teenage girl.
The 19-year-old-victim was named by Emma Marshall (18) , who had suffered a broken nose the previous day at the hands of a 16-year-old girl, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Marshall, of Fritchley Court, Mansfield, admitted perverting the course of justice.
There had been a number of episodes of falling-out and ‘slagging off’ over a young man, said Christopher Lowe, prosecuting.
The 19-year-old was one of a number of people caught up in the row.
After suffering a bloody nose on 4th July, Marshall attended hospital and gave her account to to police after her support worker had contacted them.
The 19-year-old attended Mansfield police station on 15th July at the request of the police.
She was arrested and detained in custody.
“After interview she was released on bail pending further inquiries and it became clear she was not responsible for the assault,” said Mr Lowe.
At first, Marshall maintained she had given the correct name but then admitted her offence.
She had no previous convictions.
The judge, Recorder Stuart Rafferty, said he was taking a ‘wholly exceptional’ course in sentencing Marshall to a two-year community order.
“I’m satisfied you still need help,” the judge told her.
“Whatever had happened to you and however distressed you were it is a crime to blame some one for something they hadn’t done.
“This girl, whether you liked her or not, was arrested and locked up.”