Friday, August 12, 2011

Woman accused of false claim said two black men raped her at knifepoint

Woman accused of fabricating rape

QUEBEC CITY - QUEBEC CITY - A New Brunswick woman whom police say falsely claimed that two black men raped her at knifepoint, triggering a major police investigation, was found fit to stand trial Tuesday.

Vanessa Roussel, 21, was charged with criminal mischief after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. She was freed on $7,000 bail.

Roussel is accused of contacting authorities to say she had been raped in a wooded area in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, near Quebec City, last month. Police uncovered inconsistencies in her story and turned their investigation towards Roussel last week.

If convicted, Roussel faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Her lawyer says she is bipolar, has been seeing a psychiatrist for some time and had talked about suicide.