Tuesday, August 3, 2010

False rape complainant sentenced

A teenager who claimed she was abducted, tied up, and repeatedly raped has been released on supervision for nine months after admitting a charge of making a false complaint to the police.

Defence counsel Catherine Hey said Michelle Anne Taruka Grafton had been ``considerably distressed'' by the extensive publicity after her plea of guilty on May 4.

She said at Christchurch District Court sentencing today that the probation report recommended a therapeutic sentence for the first offender rather than a penalty such as community work.

Grafton, a 19-year-old student, said she had been abducted in daylight on December 19, from Riccarton Road, by a man she knew.

She claimed he had forced her into a car, driven her to an address in Yaldhurst where he tied her hands to a sofa bed and forced her to have sex several times.

She managed to escape next day when he left for work.

After police inquiries she admitted the story was false, and said she had made it up because she liked the attention.

Judge John Bisphan told her: ``The court can't sweep this under the carpet, because there was a victim here. I presume the police had to make inquiries and the person you named as the alleged offender no doubt suffered.''

He imposed nine months' supervision and ordered her to undertake assessment and treatment as directed.