British teenager, 19, arrives at Cyprus court to learn whether she will be ...

A British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus has been spared jail and handed a four-month suspended sentence - paving the way for her to return home today.

The 19-year-old woman, who MailOnline has chosen not to name, will now be allowed to return home immediately and said: 'I am relieved at the sentence'.  

She could have been jailed for up to a year and fined 1,700 euro (£1,500) at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni but will now walk free and be handed back her passport.

Her lawyers had asked Judge Michalis Papathanasiou to consider a suspended prison sentence after she was convicted of public mischief last week.  

And Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades was reportely not willing to let the 19-year-old go to prison and would have pardoned her to ensure she got free passage to the UK because of the international furore over her case. 

The British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus arrives at court with her face covered to hear her fate and if she will be jailed

The British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus arrives at court with her face covered to hear her fate and if she will be jailed

The young Briton should have been starting university but instead has been trapped on the holiday island where she insists she was raped and was coerced by investigators to retract her claim

The young Briton should have been starting university but instead has been trapped on the holiday island where she insists she was raped and was coerced by investigators to retract her claim

Shimon Yusufov is pictured with the British teenager who accused him and 11 of his friends from Israel of gang raping her in a hotel in Ayia Napa

Shimon Yusufov is pictured with the British teenager who accused him and 11 of his friends from Israel of gang raping her in a hotel in Ayia Napa

 

The teenager was convicted last month of causing public mischief after initially alleging that she had been abused by 12 Israeli youths.

The incident took place last July at the Pambos Napa Rocks hotel in the party resort of Ayia Napa, where she was staying.

There were large numbers of supporters outside court today including 50 Israelis who have flown to Cyprus to stand by the woman at the sentencing, partly out of disgust that the 'boys returned to Israel as heroes', an activist said. 

Her mother says her daughter has PTSD, sleeps 20 hours a day and suffers hallucinations when she hears foreign male voices - and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab piled on more pressure by saying travel advice for British citizens going to Cyprus is now 'under review'. 

The island's Phileleftheros daily newspaper reported today: 'Should the court move to order her to prison, the President has already decided that he will pardon the girl, immediately after the ruling'.

A Government source claimed the President would ensure her freedom after 'considering the girl's young age and the outcry which the case has generated both in and out of Cyprus' - and denied it was because of British pressure.

Speaking to ITV News, her mother said the teenager was 'terrified' of being sent to jail.

'She has been in Nicosia state prison before, she knows what it is like,' she said.

'She's going to go in there for a conviction for this offence, and people will know what she has been saying about Cyprus. I can't even begin to describe how upsetting that is.'

The woman's case has caused great anger in Cyprus and the UK where many believe the woman should be treated as a victim not a criminal

The woman's case has caused great anger in Cyprus and the UK where many believe the woman should be treated as a victim not a criminal

The student has been stranded in Cyprus since July after being accused of making up claims that she was raped - 50 supporters from Israel have flown there

The student has been stranded in Cyprus since July after being accused of making up claims that she was raped - 50 supporters from Israel have flown there

Large numbers of people were at court to support her today in a case that has appalled by what has happened

Large numbers of people were at court to support her today in a case that has appalled by what has happened

Matters took a dramatic twist ten days later when she retracted her statement leading to police arresting her and then releasing all the Israelis, aged 15 to 22.

She was accused of lying to police and charged with the offence of causing public mischief, spending a month in a Nicosia prison before being granted bail. Her passport was also confiscated to prevent her from leaving the country.

As she languished in Cyprus waiting to hear her fate, her ordeal culminated in a hearing last month at Famagusta District Court.

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During her defence against the charge of public mischief, she

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