Fantasist mother jailed for four years

A MOTHER has been jailed for four years today after she concocted a string of stories about being kidnapped, raped and burgled.

James Hore

A MOTHER has been jailed for four years today after she concocted a string of stories about being kidnapped, raped and burgled.

Michaela Britton claimed she had been the victim of a series of crimes during a six-month period starting in February 2006 and her allegations were so serious she put innocent people at risk of being jailed.

But she was in fact a fantasist whose web of lies led to thousands of wasted hours for the police.


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The 40-year-old had denied one charge of perverting the course of justice but a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court returned a unanimous guilty verdict following a three-week trial earlier this month.

A series of medical and psychiatric reports were prepared on the mother-of-one from Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford before today's sentencing.

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Judge David Turner QC, who has said it has been “one of the strangest” cases he had ever dealt, jailed Britton for four years.

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