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False sex complaints earn 5 months’ jail

Filed under: Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 10:40 am Mon 15th August 2005

A Waikato woman has been jailed for making false complaints that she was raped by a policeman and sexually assaulted by his colleague.

Sally Marie Inglis, 44, was sentenced to five months jail at the Tauranga District Court yesterday after being found guilty of two charges of making a false complaint to police.

Judge Robert Spear said the offending was “at the very highest end of the scale” and a prison sentence was required.

“You need to spend some time in prison to contemplate why you are back there.”

Judge Spear said the sentence, two-and-a-half months’ imprisonment for each charge, was influenced by the woman’s continued insistence that the claims were true despite clear evidence to the contrary and by the devastating effect they had had on the victims.

On April 14 last year, the woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a female non-sworn police employee when arrested on December 9, 2003, and that she was raped several times by the arresting officer two months later.

The female victim, spoken to after the sentence, said it had been the most traumatic experience of her life, and while prison was appropriate, it would not “give us back what she has taken from us”.


  1. So, with more than a little luck, this attitude may flow over to include false allegations of sexual misconduct made against Fathers with the sole purpose of de-Fathering a Family.

    First time it is possible a warning may be sufficient, but second and subsequent should result in false accuser being convicted of witch-hunting.

    End result should be jail with custody of the children passed to the reliable and mentally competent Father.

    Am I holding my breath? No; that shade of blue doesn’t suit me.

    Comment by Sparx — Mon 15th August 2005 @ 11:43 am

  2. That’s right Sparx, Don’t hold yer breath there bro!!
    Bear in mind the judge was passing sentence on the victimising of a WOMAN. I suspect if the victim of false allegations had been a man then the sentence may have been curiously much more lenient.

    Still a step in the right direction.

    I have to say though that for something with such hugely horrendous damaging effect that a false accusation of rape sticking can have, a warning for a ‘first time’ offense seems awefully light to me.
    And furthermore it’s still odd that 3 guys can be recently incarcerated for supposedly raping a woman 16 yeqars ago on the basis of
    ABSOLUTELY NO CORROBORATING EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER, whilst this woman gets exonerated from a false alegation.

    This smells decidely rotten.

    Comment by Stephen — Mon 15th August 2005 @ 9:01 pm

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