Thursday, February 17, 2011

False rape claim woman faces jail

A far north woman who made a false rape claim against her boyfriend was yesterday warned she faces a substantial jail term.

Cheryl Fleming went to police after she and David Moody had consensual sex at his home, Wick Sheriff Court heard yesterday.

Her allegation on December 6 led to an investigation during which Mr Moody was detained for questioning.

Fiscal depute David Barclay said the couple had been having an on-off relationship for more than 10 years and, after drinking together, they had sex at his home at 16 Albyn Court, Thurso.

They had then argued and 38-year-old Fleming went to a nearby food takeaway where she asked for police to be contacted.

After telling officers she had been raped by Mr Moody, he was detained while a scene-of-crime investigation was carried out.

Officers were concerned about discrepancies in her account and these were confirmed when she retracted her statement the following morning. Fleming, of 30 Huddart Street, Wick, admitted making the statement which wasted police time and rendered Mr Moody subject to suspicion and false accusation of rape.

Sheriff Andrew Berry noted Fleming’s list of previous convictions, which included misuse of the 999 phone system, police assault, breach of bail and disorderly conduct.

He said: “This is a very serious matter. I have it very much in mind to impose a substantial prison sentence.”
Sentence was deferred until February 18.