THE National Police has uncovered a case of a false complaint of robbery. The claim, filed by a man in his 50s, alleged that two men in their 20s aboard a moped had grabbed his bag as he walked along the road after leaving a pub in the early hours of the morning. In reality, the ‘victim’ had left his bag in a local coffee shop.
The complainant, who had no previous convictions, had claimed that the bag was ‘yanked’ from his shoulder by the two men and even gave physical descriptions of the alleged culprits. His bag was later handed in complete with his wallet and identity documents.
Laws surrounding filing false police claims have changed recently due to the high costs of investigating such incidents, with those making spurious allegations now liable for the cost of the police investigation. False claims such as these cost an average of €200 to €1,000 and are now claimed back by police.