Friday, August 12, 2011
Woman accused of false claim said two black men raped her at knifepoint
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.
Posted by Archivist at Friday, August 12, 2011