Maitai attack complaint fabricated

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An investigation by Nelson Bays Police has established that a complaint received from a woman on 15 February 2013 that she was sexually assaulted in the Maitai Valley after being picked up hitch hiking was fabricated.

Following publicity of the alleged incident a man came forward to Police to assist with inquiries and it has subsequently been established that the woman’s claim that she was sexually assaulted was not true.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne McCoy said complaints such as sexual assaults always received priority and significant time and resources had been tied up investigating the complaint.

“To receive a false complaint is disappointing on several fronts. Resources that could have been used investigating other genuine complaints had been tied up and on top of that the public of Nelson have been led to believe they should be fearful for their safety.”

Detective Senior Sergeant McCoy said a 21 year old woman would be summonsed for making a false complaint to Police.

He said the Police investigations into two other sexual assaults in the Bridge Street – Queen’s Gardens area of the city were ongoing and Police were still awaiting forensic information in relation to both of those attacks.