Couple jailed for false rape claim
TOOWOOMBA couple Amanda Maree Quinn and Oliver Lance Pearl were jailed yesterday after a jury found them guilty of conspiring to have Quinn's ex-boyfriend falsely charged with rape.
Quinn, 26, and Pearl, 22, appeared in the Toowoomba District Court late yesterday afternoon for sentencing after the jury returned the guilty verdict after two hours of deliberating.
It was the third day of the trial and the couple had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to bring a false accusation with a circumstance of aggravation.
The pair provided statements to police on June 14, 2006, alleging Quinn's ex-boyfriend Mark Anthony Frost had raped her at home on June 11.
The court heard Quinn wanted revenge on Mr Frost and she was the mastermind of the plan.
She had kept an old letter Mr Frost had written her while drunk.
The letter contained admissions and apologies in relation to an offence. She gave this letter to police and claimed Mr Frost had put it in her mailbox the day after the alleged rape.
Quinn also organised a female housemate to send Mr Frost text messages using a false name to arrange a meeting in Toowoomba, ensuring he would be in town on June 11 as he lived at Jondaryan.
The female housemate later went to police after a conversation she overheard Quinn and Pearl having while the trio were driving.
Quinn was discussing the plan to bring the false rape charges and Pearl pointed out possible evidentiary weaknesses in their story.
Mr Frost was charged with rape but it was later dropped after the female housemate came forward.
Judge Nicholas Samios sentenced Quinn to three years imprisonment, suspended after she serves six months in jail.
Pearl was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended after he serves three months in jail.
The couple planned to get married but were taken into custody yesterday.