Eleanor Williams: Woman falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked

Eleanor Williams: Woman falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked

A woman who claimed she was the victim of an Asian grooming gang, raped by multiple men, and perverted the course of justice was found guilty.

Eleanor Williams, 22, published pictures of her injuries and an account of being groomed, trafficked and beaten, in a viral Facebook post in May 2020.

Eleanor Williams: Woman falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked
Elleanor Williams, 22, has been convicted of eight counts of perverting the cause of justice

Tommy Robinson, a former English Defence League founder, became aware of the message after it was shared more than 100,000 times, and he organized protests in the author’s native Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness.

During the demonstrations, a curry house had its windows smashed and a Muslim takeaway owner was chased down the street by men who poured alcohol over his head, The Guardian reported.

However the court heard that Williams’ story was fiction and and that she had injured herself with a hammer.

Eight counts of doing acts tending and intending to obstruct justice were found to be true by a jury at Preston Crown Court today.

As the verdicts were read, Williams, of Teasdale Road, Barrow, looked directly ahead.

At a prior hearing, she entered a guilty plea to one count of tampering with the administration of justice, which involved asking her mother and sister to deliver a hammer to her attorney.

Sentenced to take place on March 13 and 14, Honorary Recorder of Preston Judge Robert Altham postponed the decision.

He said before the trial he had been provided with information on the community impact of Williams’ actions: ‘That community impact was said to include some elements of tension within the community of Barrow.

‘It included, as I can recall, at least one family moving out of the Barrow area and harm to various businesses.’

On May 19, 2020 she was found by officers near her home on Walney Island with injuries which she claimed were inflicted by the gang after she was taken to a house in the town and raped.

Eleanor Williams: Woman falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked
During the trial, the prosecution claimed Williams caused the injuries to herself with a hammer

But the prosecution claimed Williams caused the injuries to herself with a hammer, which was found with her blood on close by.

Jonathan Sandiford KC, prosecuting, said the incident was a ‘finale’ to a series of false allegations made by Williams.

“The defendant goes online to her social media contacts and effectively discovers random names on the internet she presents as being victims of trafficking or perpetrators,” he said in his closing remarks to the jury.

Williams is accused of sending herself some messages that purported to be from human traffickers or other victims, as well as of tricking genuine individuals into sending her messages that they claimed to be from her abusers.

The prosecution stated that some of the people she made claims against were true, while others were false.

The court heard that a Snapchat account that Williams claimed belonged to an Asian trafficker named Shaggy Wood actually belonged to a man named Liam Wood who worked at Tesco and lived in Essex. Wood thought Williams was a friend who lived in Portsmouth and was planning a visit to him, according to the testimony in the case.

Eleanor Williams: Woman falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked
Honorary Recorder of Preston Judge Robert Altham adjourned sentencing to March 13 and 14 (Pictured: preston Crown Court)

Mohammed Ramzan, a company owner, testified in court about Williams’ alleged grooming beginning when she was 12 years old.

When Louise Blackwell KC, the defense attorney, was being cross-examined, Mr. Ramzan questioned her, “Don’t you think you have put my life through enough agony, or your client has?”

Williams said that Mr. Ramzan had forced her to work in brothels in Amsterdam before selling her at an auction there, in a scene that Mr. Sandiford compared to a scene from the Liam Neeson film Taken.

However, the court was informed that his bank card had been used at a B&Q in Barrow while she was in Amsterdam.

Jordan Trengove, another guy accused of rape by Williams, testified in court that “It can ruin your life and it has ruin mine.”

Williams said she didn’t mislead the police and the jury a “pack of falsehoods” during her testimony.

When questioned about her Facebook post, she stated: “I wanted people to know what was going on in Barrow, and what’s going on right now.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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