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Woman's false rape claim cost police £10,000 to investigate

Jane Steven told the lie to her son after returning from a night out on July 21 last year.

Court: Jane Steven will be sentenced next month.
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A woman's false rape prompted a major police investigation which cost more than £10,000.

Jane Steven told the lie to her son after returning from a night out on July 21 last year.

The 41-year-old kept to her story when her son contacted the police, claiming more than one person had sexually assaulted her.

A major police investigation was launched and officers carried out extensive door-to-door inquiries, checked CCTV footage and mobile phone records and did a DNA test.

Suspicions arose when inconsistencies began appearing during the investigation and Steven confessed that she had lied.

Steven, of Lindsay Drive, Wick, pleaded guilty to wasting police time, and making someone liable to suspicion and accusation of rape, at the town's sheriff court on Tuesday.

Senior fiscal depute David Barclay said: "She said she made the claim to her son that night in order to get family support and subsequently found herself in a difficult position after her son contacted the police.

"She described herself as feeling trapped in a corner when police followed up the report by her son."

Defence solicitor Sylvia MacLennan said her client had been going through personal and medical problems at the time of the offence.

Sheriff Andrew Berry deferred sentence until April 24 for background reports.

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