Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Woman given community service for making false rape report

A 24-year-old woman, who made a false report to the police that she was raped, has been ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

Leah Phillip made the report last Friday.

She told police that she had been out celebrating her birthday with a friend when she was allegedly forced into a washroom of a casino and sexually assaulted.

The woman made a report to the police, however, while conducting inquiries, investigators realised there were inconsistencies in her report.

Under questioning, the woman revealed that she made a false report.

PC Crawford laid the charges.

Phillip was represented by defence attorney Cedric Neptune when she appeared before San Fernando Magistrate Alicia Chankar.

Neptune pleaded for his client to avoid a custodial sentence or a fine, saying that at the time, she had not appreciated the seriousness of her actions as she had been under the influence of alcohol.

It was also submitted that Phillip was a mother of one who was in a relationship with another individual.

After further submissions, Phillip was ordered to complete community service.

However, this has to be completed by month’s end, or the 24-year-old may be sentenced for the offence.

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