Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Woman charged with perjury after false rape claim

A 36-year-old woman is expected to appear in court next month after she laid false charges of rape against her former husband.

Police spokesperson Const Sergio Kock said the police were now investigating a case of perjury after the woman laid the rape charge against her ex-husband on August 10.

“Her ex-husband was arrested on the same day and spent seven days in prison for a crime he allegedly did not commit. On August 16, after excellent investigative questioning by police detectives, the female complainant admitted there was animosity between her and the ex-husband and this led to her laying the false rape charge,” said Kock.

Kock said the woman confessed that she had consensual sex with the husband and also admitted in the presence of the police that she lied under oath about the rape.

“The police followed the appropriate steps and charged the woman with perjury after she was arrested and appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday last week,” he said.

He said the case had been forwarded to the senior public prosecutor for a decision.