30 Dec 2008

Woman charged with false rape complaint

6:19 pm on 30 December 2008

The police in Hawera have charged a 24-year-old woman with making a false complaint, after she said she was raped in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police in the Taranaki town were already investigating a similar rape complaint on Christmas Day, of a 22-year-old woman who was attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of men in a carpark.

Detective Senior Sergeant Keith Borrell says after interviewing the woman this morning, they are satisfied they are only dealing with a single, isolated offence. She has been bailed to appear in the Hawera District Court on 5 January.