Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Community service order for woman who made false claim of sexual assault

A woman who falsely accused a man of sexually assaulting her has been given community service.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Caroline Roy (24), of Park Road, Edinburgh, admitted that on May 24 at a house in Aberdour Crescent, Dunfermline, she falsely told two PCs that she had been sexually assaulted, in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

The court heard the accused and her former partner lived in the complainer's house.

Depute fiscal James Moncrieff told the court Roy's partner took the complainer's car keys without his consent and they took the car for a run.

"The complainer later noticed his car had been moved due to the position of his car seat," Mr Moncrieff said. "The man challenged the accused and threatened to go to the police.

"The accused, assisted by her former partner, decided to file a complaint of false sexual assault to the police."

Roy's solicitor said his client was appalled by her actions but had been pressurised by her former partner.

Roy was sentenced to 120 hours' community service.