Amir Saadi, 47, of Bournemouth, was sentenced to nine years in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 22 March 2024. He was found guilty following a trial on Thursday 22 February 2024 to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of paying for the sexual services of a child.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life, as well as being made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Saadi first met his victim in September 2020 in the Boscombe area when she was aged 14.

Between September 2020 and May 2021, the victim attended Saadi’s home address on a number of occasions and was given money in return for sexual activity.

The investigation began in June 2021 when a report was made to Dorset Police. The victim was found to be in possession of a set of keys for an address in Christchurch Road, which were later found to be linked to the defendant’s home address


Officers attended, and Saadi was subsequently arrested at the address on Tuesday 22 June 2021.

In the interview, the defendant claimed that he did not know who the victim was, despite there being evidence of contact with her on his phone.

Detective Constable Andy Hale, of the Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT), said: “Saadi took advantage of a teenage girl and showed no regard for her emotional or physical wellbeing.

“The young victim in this case has been exceptionally brave throughout the investigation and subsequent trial and I would like to pay tribute to her and her family for their support.

“Dorset Police will continue to seek justice for young victims and bring offenders such as Saadi to court to face the consequences for their horrible actions, which can have a lifelong impact on those involved.

“I hope that this case will give victims the courage to speak out and seek help. We will do everything we can to support them and ensure offenders are held to account.”


Eleanor Williams’ mother was overwhelmed with emotion as she absorbed the guilty verdict against her daughter, tears streaming down her face. She exclaimed, “The person being depicted in the media is not the person I know.”

The weight of it all proved too much for Allison Johnston to bear. Could it be that everything had been a falsehood?

In January 2023, Williams, then 22 years old, was convicted of perverting the course of justice. She had concocted numerous tales and falsified evidence to falsely accuse innocent men of rape.

She relayed her fabricated narrative to the authorities and shared her allegations on Facebook, alleging she was a victim of an Asian grooming gang in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The posts included harrowing images of purported injuries—a swollen visage, a mosaic of bruises, and lacerations on her limbs, all purportedly inflicted by the gang.

Her Facebook post incited protests and a spate of hate crimes targeting Asian men in the locality. Subsequently, three men disclosed that the accusations against them drove them to contemplate suicide.

What impelled this otherwise ordinary young woman to weave such elaborate falsehoods?

Williams resided in a suburban, semi-detached abode with her elder sister, brother, half-brother, mother, and stepfather. Home videos depict a jovial adolescent sharing quirky banter with her sister. She was industrious, juggling three jobs – at a care home, a pub, and a nightclub.

Yet, a metamorphosis occurred. She grew aloof, departing from her familial abode at the age of 18. Family, friends, and colleagues alike noted a recurring occurrence – her frequent appearance with injuries.

Williams’ sister Lucy intended to report these injuries to the police, but Williams dissuaded her, cautioning, “It’ll only invite more trouble. You don’t comprehend. You don’t grasp what’s in store.”

Lucy documented menacing messages inundating her sister’s phone via Snapchat, occasionally accompanied by images of knives, machetes, and firearms.

Williams would vanish and resurface in other towns, often appearing intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Were these injuries all self-inflicted? The prosecution contended that they were. Moreover, when she was discovered seemingly inebriated and drugged, law enforcement suspected it to be a ruse.

What is the point of this article?

We know that humans are capable of vile behaviour. It matters not their ethnicity, age, social class or even gender.

We also know that people choose to believe what reinforces their existing perceptions or prejudices. Non racist people will believe different things than racist people, for example.

However, the consequences of believing and spreading false information can be catastrophic for all concerned, as the above example reveals.

It is therefore important to be aware of the consequences for the victims of lies.

The consequences of believing and spreading false information that is racist in nature

False rape allegations against Asian men are not only damaging on an individual level but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes and exacerbate existing social biases.

Perpetuation of Stereotypes: False rape allegations against Asian men contribute to the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and racial biases. In many societies, Asian men are often subjected to emasculating stereotypes, portraying them as submissive, asexual, or lacking in masculinity. False accusations of sexual violence not only reinforce these stereotypes but also add a layer of criminality and deviance, further marginalising Asian men within society.

Stigmatisation and Social Ostracization: Being falsely accused of rape can have profound social and psychological consequences for Asian men. The stigma associated with rape allegations can tarnish their reputation and lead to social ostracization within their communities. Asian men may face discrimination in various aspects of their lives, including employment, education, and personal relationships, as a result of false accusations.

Legal and Financial Fallout: False rape allegations can have severe legal and financial repercussions for Asian men. Legal proceedings can be emotionally draining and financially burdensome, even when the accused is ultimately exonerated. Moreover, false accusations can result in long-term damage to the accused’s reputation, making it difficult to secure employment or access educational opportunities. The financial costs associated with defending against false allegations can further exacerbate existing inequalities and perpetuate economic hardship.

Impact on Mental Health: The psychological toll of false rape allegations on Asian men cannot be overstated. Being falsely accused of such a serious crime can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and profound distress. Asian men may experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), enduring long-term emotional consequences as a result of the false accusations. The stigma associated with rape allegations can exacerbate existing mental health issues and hinder access to support and resources.

Undermining Trust and Justice: False rape allegations against Asian men erode trust in the justice system and undermine efforts to combat sexual violence. When individuals are wrongfully accused, it can fuel skepticism and disbelief toward all rape claims, making it more difficult for genuine victims to seek justice and support. Moreover, false accusations perpetuate harmful myths and stereotypes about Asian men, detracting from efforts to promote gender equality and address systemic issues of violence and oppression.

In conclusion, false rape allegations against Asian men have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the individuals directly involved. These accusations perpetuate harmful stereotypes, stigmatise Asian men, and undermine trust in the justice system. Addressing this issue requires a concerted effort to challenge biases, promote accountability, and foster a culture of empathy and understanding. By acknowledging the impact of false allegations and working to combat racial stereotypes and biases, we can strive to create a society where all individuals are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

What we discover is that bigotry and prejudice do not improve the world but make it much worse. Those who spread lies are therefore part of the problem, not the solution.

Penny Lane

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