Woman sentenced for false allegations against garda
A woman who lied about a garda to distract the HSE from possibly taking her own daughter into care has received a suspended sentence.
The woman and her partner each received a three-year suspended sentence at Portlaoise Circuit Court for making false allegations that the garda walked into their home and pulled down their four-year-old daughter's trousers.
The 42-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was afraid that the HSE, who were involved with the family, would take their daughter and she wouldn't be able to protect her from the abuse she had suffered and still hadn't dealt with.
From age seven to 17 she'd been in two different state institutions where she was abused. Before that, her drunken mother had prostituted her.
To protect her last little girl she had 'contrived' the plan.
She never met the garda whom the court heard was "destroyed" by the story. Supt John Moloney said it "spread like wildfire" in their rural Laois community.
She mistakenly believed he hadn't taken her side in a local dispute and blurted out his name at a meeting with the HSE in August 2009, making the allegation that they eventually reported to gardai.
The couple admitted their guilt when they were arrested in February 2010.