It took a barrister just minutes to expose a daughter who used Fifty Shades of Grey to inspire false rape allegations against her father.
Defence barrister Cathy McCulloch only needed seven minutes to cross-examine the girl and expose her lie with the daughter tearfully admitting she used the best-selling sex novel as the basis for a series of false rape claims against her father reported The Independent
The father was accused of eight incestuous rapes over a six-year period and McCulloch admits his case appeared dire after his daughter gave police a detailed description of the alleged abuse.
“His daughter had given a compelling interview to the police and my client had absolutely no real defence other than ‘I did not do it’,” McCulloch wrote in her blog
about the case.
But in her police interview McCulloch noticed the girl has used “certain words, phrases and descriptions which seemed beyond her years” when describing what her father had done to her and how that made her feel.
The next hint that something was amiss came when the father made a passing remark in his first meeting with McCulloch, which was on the first day of his trial, about how his daughter’s favourite book was “about a millionaire who takes a young woman under his wing and ‘teaches her about art’”.
“He had no idea what Fifty Shades of Grey was about,” McCulloch said.
“Neither I nor my instructing solicitor’s representative had read the book (honest!).”
McCulloch, a former police officer who is now a barrister at Church Court Chambers, persuaded the judge to adjourn the case so she could spend an afternoon and an evening reading the novel which has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide and has been turned into a film.
She found “too many striking similarities between the ABE [police interview of the daughter] and the book to be a coincidence”.
When she confronted the daughter on the stand it didn’t take long for the girl to crack under pressure.
“I started gently to put the complainant at ease. She agreed her father was strict, and that she was really annoyed with him for ‘ruining her life’,” McCulloch said.
“I then went straight to my final question — that she was so angry with her father that she had made this all up. She wavered.
“I raised the striking similarities between her interview and the book. She suddenly broke and said I was absolutely right. She had made the whole thing up because she was angry with her father and wanted to teach him a lesson.
“I asked her whether she had got all the ideas from Fifty Shades of Grey. She confirmed this book, and others — which she named. After seven minutes we were finished.
“The Judge directed the jury to acquit, stating that this case is “unique” in the whole of his career at the Bar and Judiciary.”