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Woman admits false rape claim

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At Inverness Sheriff Court today.
At Inverness Sheriff Court today.

A WOMAN who made a false rape claim after attending a house in Inverness for arranged sex, admitted wasting police time at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

Kimberley Wheelhouse (20) of Juniper Gardens, Culduthel, told her partner she was attending an appointment as an Ann Summers agent in Inverness.

But depute fiscal Kelly Mitchell told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that Wheelhouse in fact left her home at 7pm on the evening of September 15, 2012, to have arranged sex at an address in the city.

The fiscal said she went to the address and became upset when she lost her mobile phone. A man at the property called her mother and advised her that her daughter was upset and he had called a taxi for her.

"While in the taxi she told the driver she thought she had been raped by an unknown person."

Ms Mitchell said the taxi driver advised Wheelhouse’s partner of this when he arrived at her home.

Wheelhouse was interviewed by police which in turn led to two men being interviewed.

The fiscal said they weren’t charged and due to discrepancies in Wheelhouse’s story she was interviewed and cautioned andadmitted making up the allegations.

Ms Mitchell said Wheelhouse could give police no explanation for making up the allegations.

"I understand a substantial amount of police time had been spent investigating these allegations and two persons were brought in for questioning."

Wheelhouse had originally denied the charge but changed her plea to guilty before trial yesterday (Monday).

She admitted on September 15 at her home address wasting police time by making false allegations of rape at an unknown address by two unknown males, an allegation which she knew to be false and rendered people liable to suspicion.

Sentence was deferred until February 13 for community justice social work reports.

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