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False rape claimant won’t face charges

Filed under: General — Vman @ 12:29 pm Tue 14th April 2009

The woman whose rape claim against a police recruit was thrown out of court will not be charged with making a false complaint, police say.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam confirmed the woman would not be prosecuted, but he would not give reasons for the decision.

Mark Tulloch, who walked free from the High Court at Wellington two weeks ago, is still waiting to find out whether he can resume training to become a police officer.

He did not want to comment on the decision not to charge the woman. “It’s all in the past for me,” he said. “It’s a police decision. I’ve moved on.”

The woman said Mr Tulloch raped her in April 2008 after they met via an internet dating site. He was arrested within days and has been on paid leave from the police for nearly a year.

After hearing the woman’s evidence at a trial last month, Justice Ron Young discharged Tulloch, in a move that amounted to an acquittal.

In written reasons issued later, the judge did not say the woman had lied but he said she had a history of making false allegations after falling out with people.

He said that, in all but the most exceptional cases, a jury should decide what had happened and assess the credibility of witnesses. In the Tulloch case, the woman contradicted herself on important matters, and gave evidence that conflicted with other credible and reliable evidence on vital points.

“My conclusion is that, taking into account the complainant’s evidence about what happened that night, together with the other evidence available, the complainant’s credibility and reliability was severely undermined.”

Even so, he would probably have left it to the jury to decide whether to believe her had she not had a “very concerning” pattern of making apparently false complaints against other people.

“On three occasions, at least, the complainant has made a false statement about criminal offending, including an allegation of rape, in circumstances where she has fallen out with or had a serious argument with another person.”

This combination of seriously weakened evidence, together with the pattern of false complaints, fundamentally undermined the complainant’s credibility and reliability, the judge said.


  1. Bit dodgy. It has left a major stumbling block in the career path of her victim. Is he going to be compensated or have his costs reimbursed – Yeah Right

    Comment by Alastair — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  2. I suggest that the police owe it to the public to publish her name, and charge her with making a false complaint.

    Comment by Alastair — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  3. Probably he has been leant on my his employers. He was on paid leave during the court proceedings (proibably just the basic training allowance 40k or so) but with a good emploiyment lawyer he will porobably be backpaid full constable salary to the time he would have completed the course back in 2008. Probably all dependent on him completing his training, keeping his nose clean, being a good boy and toeing the Police line including not complaining about Police decisions. All and all I suspect a package worth close to 60k for him if he behaves.

    Comment by Confidentialty clauses apply — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  4. This woman needs a government health warning tattooed on her ??. Beware of the bitch within!!! At least she wont be in too much of a hurry to do it again.

    Comment by Vince — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  5. The public certainly deserve to know who she is, and are entitled to have a jury hear all the evidence concerning her apparent false complaint and perjury. Fact is, even if she were convicted she could expect virtually nothing in the way of a sentence.

    Her actions have subjected this young cop and other men to massive trauma, fear, damage to health and huge economic losses. False allegations of this nature for men are at least as bad as almost any rape would be for a woman; for one thing the direct violence of false allegations continues for months or years. But they are treated as trivial, not even worth bothering to prosecute. This is such a blatant example of the callousness towards men and of the general misandry that now infects our society.

    Comment by blamemenforall — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Another crime disregarded. Yay for accurate statistics.

    Comment by SickOFnz — Tue 14th April 2009 @ 11:41 pm

  7. I see from today’s news online that the case has been thrown out and

    Can you imagine if a man made false accusations of equal levity, wasting everyone’s time and money as much as she.

    If I could get one piece of advice accross to the cops it would be this.
    For goodness sakes do us all a great service and leak her name to folks in her local community.

    Oh sorry I forgot! That’s how NZ street justice works,
    the cops will already have done that and the judge’s chivalric leniency
    will follow him from here on and no doubt sour his relations with many.


    Comment by Skeptik — Wed 15th April 2009 @ 8:55 am

  8. “still waiting to find out whether he can resume training to become a police officer.” He better be able to or he should sue the police. Heck I hope he sues her too!

    Comment by Scott B — Wed 15th April 2009 @ 4:35 pm

  9. The thing is… in my eyes she is a sex offender and we have a right to know who she is.

    Comment by Scott B — Wed 15th April 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  10. Police recruit cleared of rape resigns from force
    It seems this Police recruit has been managed out of the force.
    His defending of the false rape complaint against him has cost him $18,299 with the generous Judge awarding him $5,200 in costs.

    False Rape = Job + $13,099 for MAN
    False Rape = 0 + 0 for Woman

    It makes you question what innocent means in New Zealand if you’re male.

    Comment by SicKofNZ — Thu 6th August 2009 @ 1:31 pm

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    Comment by pyncTalay — Tue 1st December 2009 @ 5:25 am

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    Comment by SicKofNZ — Tue 1st December 2009 @ 5:41 am

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