Woman admits false allegation of rape

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A 40-year-old woman who sparked two police investigations after she slashed herself with a blade or razor before crying “rape” was warned yesterday that she could face jail for her false claim.

Judge Desmond Marrinan told June Plunkett that to make false allegations about any crime was serious enough, but to claim to have been raped was even more serious as it put at risk the credibility of women who had truly been raped.

It was, added the Antrim Crown Court judge, also a matter of concern to the courts as to why such false claims could be made.

Plunkett, whose address was given as Angus Street, Antrim was to have gone on trial yesterday for perverting the course of justice between September 2006 and February 2011, by falsely reporting to police that she had been raped on September 9, 2006.

However, defence lawyer Michael Brady asked for the charge to be put to her again.

Following her guilty plea, Judge Marrinan warned Plunkett: “Let there be no doubt in your mind that this type of offence very often carries a custodial sentence.”

Plunkett was released on continuing bail to return to her home in Blackpool until sentencing next month.