Voxy News Engine Thursday, 11 June, 2009 - 15:46 Greymouth,
June 11 NZPA - A West Coast woman falsely accused her sister's boyfriend of raping
her in an attempt to conceal from her sister that she was sleeping with him, a
court was told.
In Greymouth District Court yesterday
Terri-Lee Bettjeman, 22, of Moana, 39km southwest of Greymouth, was remanded on
bail for sentencing on August 24 after she admitted making a false complaint.
Brian Callaghan told Bettjeman she was lucky she had not been charged with perverting
the course of justice, warning that she would probably go to jail anyway. Bettjeman
told police the man broke into her Westport house and raped her on October 27
Police took the allegations seriously
and arrested the man who spent seven days in custody.
was examined by a doctor, who specialised in sexual indecency, and five officers
were involved in a week-long investigation.
investigation finally revealed that the defendant was in a deceitful relationship
with her sister's boyfriend and made up the false allegation to cover it up,"
police prosecutor sergeant Mark Harris said.
estimated the inquiry had cost $4100 and sought that amount in reparation.