Woman claimed rape to 'get a lift home', court hears
A young woman falsely claimed she was raped in order to get a lift home with police, a court heard.
Judge Melody McReynolds told Dungannon Crown Court that Emma Louise Gallagher of Ardnalee Park in Strabane had made a "gratuitous and lightly-made allegation to secure a free police lift home".
The 23-year-old made a false report to police on September 16, 2013 that she had been raped shortly after arriving at a house in Castlederg, an area she was not familiar with.
A man, whose identity can't be revealed for legal reasons, was questioned for four hours by police the following day.
The Strabane woman told police originally that she had fallen in an alleyway and a man had pulled her trousers down and she thought he had raped her on two occasions.
She then said the more she thought about it, she did not think anything had happened and the complaint was withdrawn.
Gallagher yesterday pleaded guilty to the charge of perverting the course of justice and was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
Gallagher's lawyer said she had learned a salutary lesson from an incident borne out of a drunken desire to get a lift home from the place she had found herself.