False sex claims Doncaster mum wins jail appeal

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A FORMER Doncaster racehorse trainer who ‘coached’ her daughter to make false sex claims against her ex-husband has had her prison sentence slashed by top judges.

Victoria Haigh, aged 42, was jailed for three years at Doncaster Crown Court last December after she was found guilty of breaching a non-molestation order.

The order was imposed after Haigh falsely accused former partner, David Tune, of being a paedophile and coached her daughter to make bogus claims against him.

But three senior judges, sitting at London’s Court of Appeal, ruled her jail term ‘manifestly excessive’ and cut it to two years, three months, of which Haigh will serve half.

Mr Justice Sweeney said Haigh, of Denby Avenue, Worksop, sparked an ugly five-year custody battle for the girl after her split from Mr Tune in 2005 and made false allegations against him on the internet, which led to the girl being unnecessarily examined by social services and removed from her father although he had done nothing wrong.

A court order preventing her from contacting the girl was then placed on Haigh but she approached the youngster while Mr Tune was buying a newspaper at a petrol station in Bawtry in March last year.

Haigh, who had already breached the court order by deceitfully renewing the child’s passport just weeks before, insisted she was not aware of the court order and fought a trial, in which she again slung false allegations at Mr Tune, the judge said.

But Sally Donaldson, for Haigh, argued she was punished too harshly considering no violence was involved and there was no attempt to abduct the youngster.

Haigh, who watched the case via a video link from prison, smiled as judges allowed her appeal. She will be entitled to automatic release after serving just over a year.