A Londonderry woman, who claimed she had been raped, has been handed a suspended jail sentence for making a false report to police.
Karen Ann Phillips, from Garvagh Court in the Waterside area of the city, admitted telling the police that she'd been raped by a taxi driver after he'd driven her home from Altnagelvin Hospital on 21 July of last year.
The 41-year-old told police that the taxi driver, whose identity was not disclosed, forced his way into her home before raping her in a bedroom.
District Judge Peter King was told that the police were immediately suspicious of her story.
They examined CCTV footage from Altnagelvin Hospital and also spoke to the manager of the taxi company involved.
Two months into their investigation the police again spoke to Phillips who admitted to them that she had made the story up.
The judge told Phillips that if the taxi driver had been identified or questioned by police, she would have been sent to jail.
He said her false allegation could have had a detrimental impact on the taxi driver, his family and his friends.
Handing down a five month sentence, suspended for 18 months, the district judge told Phillips that by making up the false allegation she'd been raped by the taxi driver, she had done a great disservice to genuine victims of sexual assault.
- And so have you for not sentencing her. Someones life could've been ruined by her false statement.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
UK - Karen Ann Phillips receives a suspended sentence for false rape claim