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A Castleisland woman who told gardaí she had been raped but later withdrew the allegation had made the complaint in ‘a fit of bad temper’, a court has heard.
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Imelda Durham of 24 An Caisleán Mór, Castleisland, is accused of knowingly making a false report that caused garda time to be wasted on August 12th, 2014.

Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to February 16th to find out the value of the garda and hospital time and resources wasted.

55-year-old Imelda Durham alleged she had been raped at her home by a man with whom she had spent part of that day drinking.

Inspector Donal Ashe told Tralee District Court she was very intoxicated and abusive towards gardaí, and when they arrived at the Sexual Assault Unit at the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork had initially refused to cooperate with staff.

She later withdrew the allegation, telling gardai she didn’t want to go ahead with it.

Her solictor Pat Mann said the injured party and Ms Durham had been friends for the previous 11 years and the whole incident started in a ‘fit of bad temper’.

He said they’d had an argument and she made the complaint when she was angry and gardai had acted on it.

He said she had brought €1,000 to court as a sign of how she felt and her friendship with the injured party remained intact.

She was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the court again on February 16th.