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Woman who gave false statement after Carlisle attack is spared jail

Carlisle Crown Court

A WOMAN who gave a false statement to police after a serious assault at a Carlisle flat has been spared immediate prison.

Rianna Hull, 27, was sentenced at the city’s crown court today (TUES) having admitted doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.

The court heard Hull hadn’t seen an incident inside her flat in the early hours of May 5 during which her ex-partner was attacked and injured by another male. However, she was at the property and dealt with the bloody aftermath.

Initially the victim wouldn’t tell doctors what had happened. Hull also informed police the attacker hadn’t been at her flat after mid-afternoon the previous day, nor, she claimed, was she home at the time of the assault. “These statements were not true,” prosecutor Andrew Evans said. “These false statements hampered a difficult investigation.”

Noting Hull’s guilty plea, her employment and that she had been out of trouble for five years, Judge Peter Davies suspended an 18-month prison sentence for two years. Hull, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, must complete 200 hours’ unpaid work and a three-month night-time curfew.

“This was deliberate and, if it could have been persistent, would have been. I have no doubt,” said Judge Davies.

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