Freya Heath

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19 year old British woman Freya Heath[1][2] accused 12 Israeli men and boys of raping her at the Pambos Napa Rocks Hotel, Cyprus. All 12 men and boys were arrested and held in custody in Cyprus.[3] Three of the men and boys admitted to consensual sexual contact with her, while nine rejected any contact with her. The 12 Israeli men and boys stated they were beaten by both British tourists and Cypriot police after the allegation was made.[4] Despite the fact that prosecutors apparently recognised that several of the men did not have sex with the woman they considered charging all 12 with conspiracy to commit a crime.[5]

After video evidence and other information contradicted her story Heath admitted she made the entire episode up.[6] She subsequently recanted her admission and claimed it had been coerced.

The men and boys reportedly ranged in age from 15-18 at the time. Under British law, it is an offence for a British citizen or resident to have sex with any person under 16 anywhere in the world.[7] As such Heath should be investigated by British police for statutory rape. As of February 2021, no such investigation has apparently taken place.


July 18, 2019

Media in Israel report that 12 men have been arrested on suspicion of raping a British tourist.[8]

July 27, 2019

DNA swabs show that Heath had recently had sex with three men other than the ones she was accusing of rape.[9]

July 28, 2019

The last of the suspects are cleared and Heath is arrested.[10]

August 9, 2019

Heath's lawyer quits following a serious disagreement with his client. The nature of the disagreement was not disclosed however there are reports she is intending to claim her retraction was coerced.[11]

August 27, 2019

Heath pleads not guilty to the charge causing public mischief. Case is adjourned until October 2.[12]

October 2, 2019

Heath has reportedly been diagnosed with PTSD, started crying in court and just wants to go home.[13]

October 9, 2019

10 NGOs urge Cyprus to drop the charges against Heath.[14]

December 30, 2019

Heath was convicted of causing public mischief in relation to the false accusations that she made. She is yet to be sentenced and is likely facing jail time.[15]

January 1, 2020

Media reports indicate that some Britons are considering boycotting Cyprus and that this boycott is supported by Freya Heath's mother.[16]

January 7, 2020

Freya Heath is sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for three years and fined 140 euro for falsely claiming that 12 men and boys had raped her.[17] Heath is apparently free to return to the UK.

Media reports indicate that the president of Cyprus was planning to pardon Heath if the court had imprisoned her.[18]

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