Monday, June 18, 2012

False rape case slammed

A YOUNG Laghey woman, who falsely claimed that she was raped, was severely condemned by a judge this week, who told her that she had done “tremendous damage to genuine victims of rape.”

The story is found here:

Sinead Morrow, who is hoping to train as a chef, admitted making a false statement to gardaí in Donegal Town on November 14, 2010 claiming an offence had been committed against her.

Monday's sitting of Donegal District Court heard how Morrow, who was 19 at the time, was a willing participant in sex with her 35-year-old bed-partner at a house in Donegal Town.

Nevertheless, when her committed an act, which she didn't like, she reported a rape following the advice of her friends.

However, when the Bridgetown woman was re-interviewed a few days later, she admitted the rape claim she had made had been false.

Inspector Denis Joyce said that as a result of her statement, the alleged suspect was arrested but indicated that it was consensual sex and told gardaí that the girl was on the phone during the sexual activity.

Defence solicitor, Máirín McCartney said the girl had apologised to the gardaí and was “very traumatised” by what had happened.

 Judge Kevin Kilrane said he had no doubt consensual sex took place and that Morrow had made a false report to gardaí.

Had Morrow persisted with her false claim, the trial could have ended up in the Circuit Criminal Court and if convicted the accused - who has now returned to his own country - could have been sentenced to six years in prison.

Judge Kilrane added: “She has also done tremendous damage to genuine victims of rape who are going to be undermined.”

 He imposed a €1,000 fine on Morrow for falsely claiming she was raped.