The Sydney Morning Herald reported on a bizarre false rape claim lodged by a woman apparently in an attempt to prevent a divorce that might have caused her to lose some of the family’s assets.
The Sydney Morning Herald can’t publish the woman’s name thanks to Australian law, but describes her as a “university lecturer” whose marriage to her classical musician husband was in trouble.
So the woman decided to concoct a heinous story,
The woman told police at the Caulfield station that her husband entered the house through a living room window on January 13, threw her to the ground and raped her in front of the children. She said he then pointed at their daughter and told her: “Next time it will be you.”
Except, as the man pointed out, the daughter was out shopping with friends at the time the alleged incident occurred. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “police listening devices captured the woman rehearsing the rape story with her children, including mock court scenes where she cross-examined them.”
The woman plead guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Children coached in rape lie. Dan Silkstone, Sydney Morning Herald, July 11, 2003.
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