An update to our report here.
Now we know her name. It's Helen Maree Bidlake. Bidlake falsely claimed to have been raped after a dalliance with a male stripper because she didn't want to pay for a taxi ride home and knew that the police would give her a lift.
Yesterday, Bidlake was convicted of making a false statement and sentenced to 100 hours' community work. Defence lawyer Jock Blathwayt said Bidlake had just broken up with her partner and was under stress at the time. "She has other issues," Mr Blathwayt said.
Judge Michael Behrens said Bidlake had been charged with a similar offence, where she had made a false statement, in 2010.
Bidlake's "other issues" are no excuse for unleashing a false rape claim. We still can't discern if the police actually targeted a hapless male in its investigation. And "community work" for a woman who was previously charged with a similar offense? What wast the outcome of that charge?
News story here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10892816