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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Mum (55) who made fake rape claim 'was more mad than bad'

A 55-year-old mother-of- three, described as "more mad then bad" after she made a false report that she had been raped by two men has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

Liz Jameson made an emergency call claiming to have been raped in a Dublin park and gardai found her bruised and semi-naked. She later admitted the claim was false when gardai discovered she had been lying to her family about having terminal cancer.



surgery

She told gardai "reality and fantasy had become merged" due to her prescription medication addiction which began when she was taking painkillers after a medical procedure went wrong in 1997, requiring life-saving surgery. A report handed into court by Michael Bowman, defending, said she suffered from Munchausen Syndrome and craved attention.

Jameson, of Marian Crescent, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the false rape claim. She had no previous convictions.

Judge Katherine Delahunt noted Jameson was now free of drugs and was taking just one anti-depressant per day.

She said neither the community nor Jameson would be served by her going to jail.

She imposed a three-year sentence which she suspended in full on strict conditions including that she attend all medical appointments. She ordered that €1,000 offered by Jameson's husband be paid over to the Rape Crisis Centre.

Charles Jameson told the court that a medical procedure that went dramatically wrong in 1997, had left his wife with an addiction to painkillers.

He said that after the death of her parents and then a house fire in 2008, "it all became too much for her" and she was in a poor psychiatric condition.

It was around this time that the story of having terminal cancer arose. Mr Jameson said he would drop his wife off at what he believed were treatments in hospital and believed she was terminally ill.

He said "things escalated again" with the rape allegation.



vulnerable

Mr Jameson said his wife had now been weaned off all painkillers and was only taking one anti-depressant a day.

Mr Bowman said she was a "complex character" who was "vulnerable in the extreme."

He pointed out that no names had been given by Jameson, no one's character had been destroyed nor was anyone deprived of their liberty.

"This is a woman who is more mad then bad and she cries out for assistance," he said.

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