Saturday 29 July 2017

Woman found guilty after false nightclub rape claim

'Following a four-day trial, the jury of nine women and three men took under an hour to return a unanimous verdict' Stock photo: Getty Images
'Following a four-day trial, the jury of nine women and three men took under an hour to return a unanimous verdict' Stock photo: Getty Images

Anne Lucey

A 26-year-old woman has been found guilty of making a false report of rape in which a foreign national was implicated.

Jacinta O'Connor (26), of Steelroe, Killorglin was also found guilty of wasting garda time. She had denied both charges.

Following a four-day trial, the jury of nine women and three men took under an hour to return a unanimous verdict.

O'Connor had told gardai she was raped by a foreign man, whom she described as "Pakistani-looking" after a night out with friends in Killarney.

The trial heard O'Connor went to Killarney garda station at 4am on September 22, 2014. She claimed she was grabbed after leaving a nightclub and violently raped behind the courthouse.

When she was shown CCTV by gardaí she withdrew her complaint.

She told gardaí she had consensual sex with an Irish man she knew, but it was "rougher" than expected. It left her upset, alone and with no way home.

O'Connor was remanded on bail until January.

Irish Independent

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