Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Couple denies false rape claim

TOOWOOMBA woman Amanda Maree Quinn and friend Oliver Lance Pearl faced court yesterday over allegations they conspired to have her ex-boyfriend falsely charged with rape.

Quinn, 26, and Pearl appeared in the Toowoomba District Court and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to bring a false accusation with a circumstance of aggravation and the alternate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said Quinn and Pearl attended the Toowoomba Police Station on June 14, 2006 and provided a statement alleging Quinn’s ex-boyfriend Mark Anthony Frost had raped her at home on June 11.

Quinn gave police two handwritten letters, claiming to be from Mr Frost, which contained admissions.

Mr Needham told the court Quinn and Pearl were romantically involved and living together in Swallow Court (Newtown) at the time.

Quinn and Mr Frost had been in an on-and-off relationship between 2004 and 2006 and were engaged at one stage.

They broke up in April 2006 and Mr Frost moved out of the Swallow Court home where he had been living since January.

Mr Frost moved to Jondaryan.

A female housemate of the defendants, under the suggestion of Quinn, sent Mr Frost text messages using the name “Jessica Crawford” and organised to meet at the Coffee Club on June 11, 2006.

Mr Frost, his sister, and a friend drove from Jondaryan to Toowoomba that evening but after receiving a text message that the meeting was cancelled, they visited a family member’s house. They never went to Swallow Court.

The female housemate who sent the messages thought she was playing a joke on Mr Frost.

However, the court heard the next day she was in a car with Quinn and Pearl and heard them talking about how to make the false allegations of rape against Mr Frost.

Quinn even offered for the housemate to take part in the plan by saying she saw Mr Frost running from their house. The housemate declined.

Police charged Mr Frost with rape but the charge was dropped after the female housemate provided a statement to police. The trial continues today.