Sunday 21 January 2018

Woman accused of false rape claims sent for trial

Sarah Eastwood is charged with falsely reporting to gardai that she was raped
Sarah Eastwood is charged with falsely reporting to gardai that she was raped

Andrew Phelan

A woman has been sent for trial accused of falsely reporting to gardai that a man raped her at a pub in Temple Bar.

Sarah Eastwood (33) made the allegation against a named man, but gardai subsequently viewed CCTV footage and "disproved" the claim, the prosecution alleges. She had a book of evidence served on her at Dublin District Court.

The accused, with an address at Judge Darley's Hostel, Parkgate Street but formerly of Ballyfermot Parade, Ballyfermot, is charged with making a false statement at Store Street Garda Station on June 4, 2013.

The charge states that she alleged she was raped by a named man at a pub in Temple Bar the day before, June 3, 2013.

Ms Eastwood is further charged with making a false statement to gardai at Pearse Street Garda Station on August 12, 2014 that she was raped by an unknown male while walking through a laneway on June 4 that year. Judge Michael Walsh gave the defendant the formal notice that she must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He then sent her forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, on a date later this month.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told the DPP consented to the case being dealt with at district court level, but Judge Walsh refused jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Noelle Kenny said the defendant had been at the current hostel address for some time. She was remanded on bail under existing terms, including a condition that she stays away from the alleged victim and all witnesses in the case.

Previously, Garda Joanne McCormack said that after the accused made her statement, a garda investigation was set up and on viewing the CCTV evidence, gardai "disproved the allegation".

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