British woman found guilty of lying about gang rape in Cyprus

A British woman has been found guilty of lying about a gang rape in a Cyprus hotel.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 11:39 am

The 19-year-old, believed to be from Derbyshire, was convicted of a single count of public mischief at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni earlier today.

She nodded her head slightly as she was found guilty but showed no other emotion.

The woman was accused of falsely claiming she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli tourists in an Ayia Napa hotel on July 17, before making a retraction 10 days later.

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Tourists sunbathe on the beach in the resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus (Photo: FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP/Getty Images)

She claimed in court that she was raped but pressured into changing her account by Cypriot police.

The woman spent more than a month in prison before she was granted bail, but has not been allowed to leave the island.

She could face up to a year in jail.

The woman was working in Cyprus for the summer before she was due to start university when she alleged she was raped.