Northern Ireland

False rape claim charges against Bessbrook mother dropped

Woods where the alleged attack happened near Bessbrook
Image caption The woman claimed the attack happened in woods near Bessbrook in County Armagh

A young woman who faced charges of wasting police time and perverting the course of justice over a rape claim has had the charges dropped.

Natasha Doherty, 24, from Bessbrook claimed that she was raped in a County Armagh wood in front of her children.

She subsequently appeared in Newry Magistrates Court on the charges.

On Wednesday a representative from the Public Prosecution Service withdrew the charges "as the case did not meet the test for prosecution".