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Dumfries Greensands false rape claim woman sentenced

A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped twice on the same night has been sentenced to a community payback order of 250 hours of unpaid work.

Jodie Murray, 23, of Dinwoodie Drive in Dumfries, admitted falsely claiming she had been raped by an unknown man at Greensands in the town on 3 December.

She also falsely claimed she had been attacked at a house in Dumfries by a man she had named.

The sheriff said she had subjected the young man to a distressing ordeal.

Kenneth Ross said it was only because she had two young children that he would not send her to prison.

As well as the community payback order, she was also put under supervision for two years and given a curfew to remain in her home between 20:00 and 08:00 for six months.

Her solicitor said that she had previously been a victim of domestic violence and had received threatening text messages that evening and made up the story after a neighbour called the police.

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