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April 12, 2021

Woman’s ‘terrifying ordeal’ a fabrication

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A Casino woman has been charged for making a false claim after she told police in September she had been the victim of a carjacking.

The 31-year-old woman told police that around midday on September 11 she got into her car after using public toilets, in Johnston Street, Casino, and alleged a man was sitting in the back seat.

She further alleged the man put a cord around her throat and threatened her with a knife.

The woman said she was forced to drive at speed until she got to a caravan park, near Lismore airport.

She went on to describe her alleged assailant in considerable detail, including claiming that he was of Aboriginal appearance.

She added the carjacker had stolen $1,300 from her handbag.

Following a police investigation and a review of CCTV footage, the woman was yesterday re-interviewed and charged with making a false representation resulting in a police investigation.

Inspector Doug Conners, of Richmond Local Area command told Echonetdaily, ‘it’s not unheard-of for people to come to police fabricating stories. There are a range of things that might be happening [in their lives] that might lead to that. It might be mental health issues, the hope of financial gain or other stresses in their life,’

‘From our perspective an extraordinary amount of resources do go into investigating reports of serious crime so when people are found to be making false reports they certainly can expect to be put before the court.

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  1. Fabricators penalties should be the same as that that which the alleged perp would have faced – x 3 for punitive.
    Schoolgirl reported rape by her bus driver – he lost his job, was ostracised by his community; eventually committed suicide.
    Then she fessed up, had ‘gone a bit too far’ with her boyfriend the previous night & was worried she might be pregnant.
    Cops said ‘naughty girl, don’t do it again’.
    Should have been manslaughter.

  2. The police don’t get it easy… it is not an easy job….And then there are those who go to police with a true story and have police use the lack of numbers or high level work demands to relieve them of due diligence… such might be the case in the “investigation” of those 3 Bowraville Aboriginal community members murdered in the 1990s and only now receiving parliamentary inquiries…. 25 years later!!!


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