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False Rape Accused's Identity Stays Secret

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Christchurch, Jan 15 NZPA - A judge decided today interim name suppression for a 33-year-old woman accused of making a false gang-rape complaint can continue.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders said he had examined information from police, and medical evidence provided by the woman's defence counsel Michael Starling.

Judge Saunders said the documents related to the woman's "fragile mental state".

"I am satisfied there is a basis on which I can continue the interim suppression order through until the matter is heard," he said.

He remanded the woman on bail for a status hearing on March 9.

Mr Starling earlier told the court that his client continued to maintain she had been raped in the incident that allegedly began at Christchurch's Corsair Bay on November 16.

Four teenage youths were questioned as part of the police investigation, which included asking members of the public for photographs that had been taken at the bay on that day.

The youths were all charged with stealing a variety of items worth $870 from the woman and have mostly been remanded for the diversion scheme for first offenders.

But since then the woman has been charged with making a false rape complaint.

She is also charged with having a knife in her possession, without reasonable excuse at the Central Police Station when she was arrested a month after she alleged she was raped.

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