Thailand court imprisoned an Aussie for a lie on a false rape claim which was accusing a taxi driver.
Stevie Rochelle Bamford, 21, from the
eastern suburbs, had told police she took a tuktuk taxi home after arguing with
her boyfriend while on a late night out in Soi Bangla, Phuket's red light
district, on Saturday, June 9.
On the way to the resort where she and her
boyfriend were staying, she claimed, the driver picked up two friends and drove
her to a secluded spot where the two ''accomplices'' held her down while the
driver raped her. She said she eventually managed to break free and run away.
But after investigating the woman's claims
for almost a week, police discovered CCTV footage showing her going back to her
hotel on the back of a motorbike taxi, not in a tuktuk. When shown the footage
on Thursday night, police say Bamford admitted making up the story because she
was afraid her boyfriend would be angry about her staying out late.
Bamford was charged with making a false
statement to police and appeared in the Phuket Provincial Court on Friday where
she was sentenced to 15 days in the Bang Jo detention centre. Once she has
served her time, she will be deported.
A senior police officer
involved in the case said the woman's boyfriend, also 21, was
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