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37-year-old - (Invercargill) Woman
charged with making a false rape report to police. The Court was told that
she is convinced forensic evidence will prove her claim is true.
Daily Times; Aug 2, 2001)
Daughter - (Dunedin) Daughter,who had a history of
psychological disturbance, made several allegations about being sexually
molested by her father. She later admitted making false statements. The
father, a former police officer, sued Social Welfare and a Social Worker for
Times; Dec 13, 2000)
20-year-old - (Dunedin)
who claimed she was assaulted and robbed in her Dunedin home earlier this year has been
charged with making a false complaint.
(Otago Daily Times;
Nov 23, 2000)
10-year-old - (Christchurch) claimed she had been
indecently touched on two separate occasions during music lessons at school.
The resulting prosecution was stopped by the Judge after he declared that the
evidence was contaminated. The allegation originated from an older friend who
was "on a mission to get the accused"
Nov 3, 2000),
Press; Nov 2, 2000)
21-year-old - (Invercargill) Woman
told police she had been kidnapped and raped by four men, was trying to get
her ex-boyfriend's attention. The solo parent, admitted making a false rape
complaint to Invercargill police.
Times; Nov 18, 2000)
30-year-old - (Wellington) pleaded guilty to making a false complaint to Wellington police. The man spent seven
weeks in jail for a crime he did not commit.
Daily Times - Oct 26, 2000)
22-year-old - (Dunedin) Woman told police she had been
drinking at the Valley Lodge Hotel, when she went outside with a man and got
in his car to share a cigarette. She then claimed she was driven against her
will to Ashburn Hall. The woman admitted she had made up the incident, after
an argument with her boyfriend.
Times; Jul 11, 2000)
15-year-old - (Dunedin) Girl claimed she was attacked and sexually
assaulted while walking home about 1.30am. The girl, who was drunk, later
admitted she made up the complaint.
Times; Jul 11, 2000)
30-year-old - (Nelson) Woman admitted
making a false statement to police, alleging two men broke into her Hampden St home
and attacked her last month. The woman staged a break-in and injured herself
to make it appear she had been attacked in a home invasion. She was convicted
and ordered to pay $596.94. Her name has been suppressed.
(Nelson Mail; June 30, 2000) new April 20, 2004
Woman - (Dunedin) Woman accused three men of rape,
who were convicted. Later evidence produced that the accusations could be
false. The woman made accusations about others, that video evidence showed
were false. The woman has confessed that the accusations were false, but
later retracted the confession.
(Herald; Mar 18, 2000)
44-year-old - (Mangere) Woman on trial
accused of trying to blackmail a man with a false allegation of rape
(Herald; Feb 11,
35-year-old - (Alexandra) Woman, who
alleged she had been sexually violated was arrested and charged with making a
false statement to police.
Times; Feb 17, 1999)
16-year-old - (Wainuiomata) Girl was
warned by police after lying about being attacked by three men. The
investigation reached the stage where police were actively looking for
suspects. "Police are concerned at the number of girls getting drunk and
laying false complaints of sexual assault and rape"
(Otago Daily Times;
Oct 22 1998)
14-year-old - (Lower Hutt) Girl found
drunk in Queen St, Lower Hutt, about 4.30pm
alleged she had been dragged into a car by six men and raped. The girl was
examined by a doctor but the complaint also turned out to be false.
(Otago Daily Times;
Oct 22, 1998)
20-year-old - (Lower
Hutt) Ripped off her own bra and scratched her breasts, chest
and neck with a key before laying a false complaint of indecent assault. She
pleaded guilty to perjury and having made a false declaration at the trial of
the man she had accused of attacking her. The man she had accused had lost
his job, been held in custody for 15 days and put to the expense of a
trial. The man later won a claim of
$100,000 against the woman, although she had no money to pay.
Times; Sep 2, 1998)
(Dominion; Jun 30,
Jul 12, 2000)
Children - (Hamilton)..
The case of John Edgar Schoolteacher acquitted after allegations
from seven children, the oldest complainant aged 15. The allegations were
bizarre, and police have been criticised for allowing the case to reach the
18-year-old - (Dunedin) Told police he had been abducted,
blindfolded, had his hands tied and was dumped at a beach. He was arrested
and charged with making a false complaint
Times; May 15, 1998)
25-year-old - (Dunedin)
Woman reported on 22 April that she had been grabbed by an attacker
outside the door of her house. He had slashed her clothes off with a knife
and tried to rape her. She had fought him off but suffered cuts to her face
On 11 May she reported to the police that she came home to find a note made
of cut-out newspaper letters, threatening to come back and ‘do her properly’.
It was reported in the paper on 13 May that the police were keeping guard
outside her home all night to protect her.
The following day, the paper reported that the woman had now been charged
with making a false complaint.
(Dominion; May 13, 1998)
(Dominion; May 14, 1998)
(COSA; Newsletter June 1998)
13-year-old - (Dunedin)
Boy admits making a false accusation of kidnapping and sexual
(Sunday Star Times, April 12,
~40-year-old - (Christchurch) Complainant described as both dishonest and
violent, with convictions for raping an elderly woman in 1987 and others for
assaulting women. Motivation described as revenge and of making good a threat
in the 1970s to get the defendant. The
accused was found not guilty.
(The Press. April 7, 1998)
10-year-old - (Paraparaumu) Was told
by an older brother that she would be in trouble at home for wandering away.
She was afraid of the consequences, then fabricated a story that she had been
grabbed by a man and shoved into the back of a car but that she had managed
Daily Times; Dec 17, 1997)
7-year-old - (Auckland)
The case of "Michael"
Son was was angry at
his father, and thought it was unfair he was made to go to bed early. The
father was convicted and imprisoned for 14 months. He was not told before the
trial that the allegations had been withdrawn within 48 hours. The son was
pressured by counsellors to say that he was abused. He was released from prison when it became
clear that the accusations were false. The man was eventually offered
(Paeroa) The case of Allen Collier
The woman made an accusation 16 years before accused was charged. He was
brought to trial, convicted for rape and jailed for five years. Six months
after Collier was sentenced, he was freed on appeal. His wife and two friends
gathered sufficient evidence to show he was innocent.
Times; Feb 19, 1997)
Three teenagers - (Waikato) Three teenage girls got together to concoct
stories about their stepfathers. One girl's stepfather approached a lawyer
who discovered that her two schoolfriends had made identical allegations. The
charges were all dropped, but not before the other two girls had claimed
(Daily News; Feb 8,
13-year-old - (Whakatane)
The case of
Girl had a crush on a much older man known to the accused and had taken to
telling fanciful stories about her relationship with him. The accused confronted the girl, whom he
knew well, about the stories, and told her they should stop. Angered by that,
she told him she would get even. First, she laid a complaint against the man
she had a crush on, claiming that he had had sex with her. A jury threw that
charge out. Next, she claimed the accused had raped her. This wasn't the only
malicious case the girl was involved in. She had been a key witness in
charges brought by two other young girls against their father, claiming that
he had sexually abused them. He, too, was found not guilty. .
(Daily News; Feb 8,
20-year-old - (Wellington) Man claimed he was raped. He
later admitted he'd lied and, in fact, he'd punched a "poofter". He
was sentenced to six months' supervision for making a false statement and
ordered to reimburse police and medical-examination costs totalling $2855. (Truth; Nov 15, 1996)
~ 20-year-old -
case of Nick Wills
Woman student falsely accused another student of rape and and
threatening to kill. She confessed to police only days before the depositions
she had made up the story. The accused had an alibi that wasn't checked out
by the police, before he was charged and it took an investigation by his
parents and a lawyer to prompt the police to re-open their inquiries. The
family's investigation revealed the woman lived a life of fantasy - she had
made up stories about her rich father who had a plane and a boyfriend who
bought her a car. She also told friends the accused was a serial rapist. She was
convicted of making a false statement and ordered to do 150 hours community
service and pay $5000 reparation. His family had spent $20,000 clearing his
- (Auckland) The
case of David Dougherty.
Wrongly convicted in 1993 on mistaken eye witness testimony (by 11 year
old) and botched DNA evidence. The
accused was convicted and jailed. Found not guilty in a retrial and
compensated by Government. The girl was later found to be one of the victims of
a serial rapist, who was eventually convicted.
Jul 13, 2001)