A law firm worker cried in court as she was told she faces jail after her fake rape claims saw two innocent men locked up.
Laura Hood, 27, claimed a taxi driver had sexually assaulted her in the back seat of his cab after giving her a lift home following a night out drinking.
Detectives investigating her claims arrested Haroon Yousaf and also the driver of a different taxi with a similar number plate.
Mr Yousaf, 29, was detained in front of colleagues and spent 20 hours in custody, hanging over samples before he was released without charge.
Police suspected Mr Yousaf had been falsely accused when he shared GPS data which showed his cab went straight to Hood’s home without stopping.
There was also no evidence of physical contact between them and Hood gave a statement claiming her attacker was 58.
The other suspect was also cleared of any wrongdoing and Hood, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was subsequently charged with faking her account.
The court heard she made her false claims after becoming separated from friends which she drinking Prosecco, ciders and vodka shots in Manchester city centre.
In a statement Mr Yousaf, a married father-of-two, said: ‘This still affects me in my day-to-day life and I don’t know if I will ever come back fully from this.
‘Before this incident I was a strong person. However I’m now negative and worry that things can go wrong.