A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped has been jailed for 12 months.
Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Tinkerbrook Close, Oswaldtwistle, persistently lied to the police which resulted in an innocent father of two being arrested.
Burnley Crown Court heard it was all because he had rejected her days after they had consensual sex.
The court heard 23-year-old David Lord, who now lives in Manchester, twice attempted to take his own life after being plunged unto a ‘living nightmare’ by the allegations.
The court heard that the pair, who knew each other from school, had consensual sex at Mr Lord’s then home in Colne after a number of Facebook exchanges.
Wilkinson had sent him an intimate picture of herself via her mobile phone after saying he was sexy but Mr Lord then told her he wanted nothing more to do with her.
Wilkinson, 21, went on to bombard Mr Lord with 80 text messages over a weekend and after she said she wanted to punch his face.
Wilkinson, formerly of Foulridge, had earlier admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a false rape claim.
Sentencing her Judge Beverley Lunt said rape was a repulsive crime and victims should be treated with every possible consideration by the justice system – but that false allegations could have dreadful consequences.
She said: "Whatever your personal past and problems the one person who wasn’t at fault for anything that may have happened to you in the past was this man."
Fiorella Brereton, prosecuting, said the couple had sex last September after arranging to meet and then went to Mr Lord’s home.
Mrs Brereton said: "There was no aggressive or violent behaviour on the part of Mr Lord. She left the following morning and started sending text messages to him."
The prosecutor said over the next week, Wilkinson complained about Mr Lord’s alleged behaviour to a member of his family after he told her he wanted nothing more to do with her following the text messages.
The defendant claimed Mr Lord had wanted sex, had been aggressive and intimidating and she couldn't stop it.
Wilkinson eventually went to the police and was examined by a doctor although she didn't want to be.
The defendant told officers she had not wanted sex and said she was drunk, confused, shocked and couldn't believe Mr Lord's behaviour.
Mr Lord rejected the defendant's claims and on November 1 police said the investigation against him was being discontinued. The defendant had no previous convictions.
Mark Stuart, for Wilkinson, said: "I accept on her behalf, as does she, that this offence merits a custodial sentence."
The defendant apologised to Mr Lord, the police, court and her family and Mr Stuart added that she was suffering from chronic depression.
Mr Lord was in court to watch his accuser being sent to prison.
Speaking afterwards he said that when the police knocked on his door his life was ‘turned upside down.’
Mr Lord, who said he had to fight to see his children in the past, said his first thought was for them and not himself.
He said: "She was ruining their lives. I believe they need their father in their lives."
The victim told how he had to be put on medication for severe depression and tried to kill himself.
He said he now wanted closure and hoped to start his life afresh. Mr Lord added: "I just couldn’t handle it. Mud sticks.
"I think she deserved to go prison for what she put my children through."