Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bessbrook woman denies making false claims of rape

A young woman who claimed she was raped in a County Armagh wood in front of her children has appeared in court.

Natasha Louise Doherty, 24, of College Square West in Bessbrook faced charges of wasting police time and perverting the course of justice.

She claimed she had been raped while out walking with her two children in March.

In a short appearance at Newry Court, Ms Doherty shook her head and denied the charges.

Her defence solicitor said her client had given a full account of what had happened and regarded herself as a victim of rape. Her request for anonymity for Ms Doherty was rejected by the magistrate.

A police constable said he could connect the accused to the charges as Ms Doherty had given several different accounts of what had allegedly happened.

The magistrate released the accused on bail. She is due to appear again on 12 October.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-14920534

Earlier stories found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12658826 and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12662655