When Daniel Jones met Sarah Jane Parkinson in 2011, he thought he had met the love of his life.
From the moment they first met at their workplace in Canberra, the couple’s relationship moved fast.
Within just a few short months, Daniel and Sarah were engaged as the pair began building their own home and planning their wedding.
But just days after moving into their new home together, Daniel was served with an apprehended violence order (AVO).
Despite protesting his innocence, police brought a number of charges against Daniel.
“I’d just built a house and she’d moved in with me, everything was going well,” he told 60 Minutes.
“I had everything right… and in that instance, everything just went to sh*t.”
For months before Daniel was handed an AVO, Sarah, who worked as a clerical assistant at a police station, had been blaming bruises and other injuries on her partner.
From a self-inflicted head injury to a fake knife wound, Sarah notified her police friends of each 'violent incident' and logged the incidents in a diary, which she planned to use as evidence in court.
"When I first got charged, I found out she had been keeping a diary of things that never happened," Daniel told news.com.au.
"She'd written entries going back more than six months with a view to using it as a historical document in court."
A few years after Sarah's lies first began, Daniel was arrested.
Just hours beforehand, Sarah had called police, claiming that she had been raped and physically assaulted by her partner after planting fake evidence.
As Daniel awaited his trial, he was sent to Goulburn's maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit.
According to 60 Minutes, he wrote to his parents: "I'm scared – I shouldn't be, because I've done nothing at all – but there is a small percentage in me that tells me I'm f*cked."
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