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Kelly Harwood jailed for false Aberdeen rape claim

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Image caption Kelly Harwood admitted she made the claim up

A woman who falsely claimed her friend's son had raped her in Aberdeen has been jailed.

Kelly Harwood, 43, had consensual sex with the 30-year-old before making the allegation in May last year.

She later confessed that she had made it up.

Harwood admitted wasting police time and was jailed for a year at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, where Sheriff William Summers told her it was a "very serious" offence.

Sheriff Summers said it was clear that she suffered from a depressive illness, but the offence was so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

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