Woman jailed over false rape claim

Livingston Sheriff Court
Livingston Sheriff Court
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a WOMAN has been jailed after falsely claiming that she had been raped.

Siobhan Curran, 25, told police a taxi driver had sexually assaulted her on a lonely country road.

Detectives launched an investigation into the alleged incident, which she told them took place on January 3 this year.

Curran, from Blackburn, initially denied wasting police time by lying to officers at Livingston Police Station and had been due to stand trial.

But at Livingston Sheriff Court today, she changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced to 120 days imprisonment.

She admitted falsely representing to Detective Constable Phil Shepherd that an unknown male taxi driver had raped her.

She claimed she was in a taxi at an unknown location near Philpstoun, West Lothian, at the time.

The court heard she caused officers to devote their time and services to the investigation, temporarily depriving the public of their services and rendering innocent people liable to suspicion and accusation.