A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a false rape claim.
Kirstie Hodgson, 18, of Wellington Street, Middlesbrough, appeared before Teesside Magistrates Court yesterday where the case was transferred to the crown court.
She is alleged to have reported the fictitious crime between October 18 and 25, this year.
Hodgson, who is yet to enter a plea, was unconditionally bailed to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday, December 10.
A TEENAGER accused of making a false rape claim has sent a sick note to crown court.
Kirstie Hodgson, 18, of Wellington Street, Middlesbrough, was due to make her first appearance at Teesside Crown Court yesterday morning.
She is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly reporting a fictitious sex crime between October 18 and 25. She has not yet entered a plea.
Her solicitor Graham Brown said he had been contacted by her family saying she was ill.
Her grandmother came to court with a sick note confirming she was suffering from a back injury.
Judge Les Spittle adjourned the case for a plea and case management hearing on January 28 next year. Hodgson is on unconditional bail.