Man reveals how he spent five months in a maximum security prison after his girlfriend falsely accused him of rape and assault

An innocent man spent five months in a maximum security prison after his ex-girlfriend falsely accused him of rape and assault. 

Daniel Jones, 31, from Canberra, thought Sarah Jane Parkinson was the love of his life when they met at work in 2011. 

The couple became engaged after a few short months and Mr Jones even built a house so they could live together.

But shortly after moving in, Mr Jones’ life began to unravel. 

He was served with an AVO (apprehended violence order) after Parkinson told her colleagues at the Queanbeyan Police Station that he had abused her. 

Mr Jones protested his innocence but police brought a string of charges against him anyway.  

‘I’d just built a house and she’d moved in with me, everything was going well,’ he told 60 Minutes in an upcoming interview.

‘I had everything going right, and in that instant, everything just went to s***.’

‘She’s a lying, vindictive, cancerous woman.’

Parkinson’s lies snowballed and in 2014 she claimed she had been raped.

Mr Jones was arrested at the granny flat at her parents’ house and taken to a police station.

He would later learn that Parkinson had made an emergency call to police telling them she had been beaten and savagely raped that morning. 

Mr Jones was transferred to Goulburn maximum security prison for five months while police investigated multiple false allegations.  

But Parkinson’s lies were about to catch up with her. 

Detective Leesa Alexander from the ACT criminal unit look on the investigation and found multiple inconsistencies in Parkinson’s evidence.  

Parkinson was sentenced to three years and one month behind bars in Canberra magistrates’ court in January for making a false rape claim.

During sentencing magistrate Beth Campbell described as ‘incomprehensible, wicked behaviour’, The Australian reported.

Her crime has also been described as a mockery of genuine domestic and sexual violence victims

60 Minutes airs this Sunday at 8.30pm on Channel 9. 

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