Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MSP asks questions in false rape claim case

A Follow up to our story HERE. This is uplifting to see.

AN MSP is asking the Lord Advocate and Scottish Justice Secretary to investigate why allegations of rape took so long to be heard in Inverness.

Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart has written to the country’s most senior law officer Frank Mulholland QC and Scottish Government minister Kenny MacAskill seeking an explanation for the time taken for Charlene Keilty to be brought to court for a false rape accusation.

The Inverness Courier reported last week that bus driver Christopher McIntosh was under suspicion for 18 months after the 23-year-old accused him of rape in August 2009. It was not until December 2010 that Keilty, of Union Street, Inverness, admitted making the whole thing up, and she wasn’t sentenced in court until last week, where she was jailed for 18 months for wasting police time.

Mr Stewart’s constituent Ron Lyon, of Kennedy Drive, Scorguie, asked the Labour MSP to look into the case.

He pointed out that the innocent bus driver’s ordeal was only over after Keilty was sentenced — almost a year after her confession. The MSP launched a consultation in the Scottish Parliament two years ago calling for the appointment of a national commissioner for victims and witnesses of crime, but it expired. Mr Stewart said it would provide an important link between victims’ organisations and the government and he intends to reintroduce the bill in the near future.