A BRAZILIAN student charged with making a false rape claim to gardai persisted with her story for 12 days and identified a man she had met, it has been alleged.
Thais Regina de Oliveira (20) wasted “considerable” garda resources in her claim and officers “came close” to making an arrest before she made admissions, a garda told Dublin District Court.
Judge Anthony Halpin granted her bail after remarking that she was in a type of “solitary confinement” while in custody because she did not speak English.
She was remanded in custody until she is in a position to take up €1,000 cash bail.
Ms de Oliveira (20) allegedly made a false report to officers that she was assaulted after being dragged down a lane by three men on her way to work.
The accused, with an address at Cabra Park, Phibsboro, Dublin is charged with making a false statement at Mountjoy Garda Station on August 28 last.
She allegedly told gardai she was attacked by three men at Cabra Park on August 24.
Objecting to bail, Detective Garda Chris Cahill said that the defendant made a report to the gardai “to the effect that she had been sexually assaulted”.
This led to a major investigation and only after 12 days, and “significant cost in terms of time and resources” she admitted that she fabricated the allegation, Det Gda Cahill alleged.
“The sinister element of the (alleged) crime is that a person she alleged committed the act was an actual real person that she had encountered,” he said.
He also believed the accused was a flight risk and would not turn up in court if granted bail.
She had been due to return to Brazil next January, but recently changed her flight to 6pm on the day she was arrested.
She had no ties to Ireland apart from a Brazilian boyfriend who was living here but was not in court, Det Gda Cahill said.
“She has nothing to gain by staying here and everything to lose,” he said.
Applying for bail, Defence Solicitor Peter Keatings said the defendant enjoyed a presumption of innocence and was willing to abide by conditions.
In evidence, Ms de Oliveira said through a Portuguese interpreter: “I know it is a serious issue and I will not leave the country.”
She said she would never allow her family’s bail money to be lost.
Gardai said it was intended to prepare a file in the next seven to 10 days.
Judge Halpin granted bail in the accused’s bond of €1,000.